Over the past few years, we have been able to make improvements to our collections care including:
- adding climate controls (air conditioning & humidity) to our space at the Armory,
- physically expanding our offsite collections storage area by adding over 200 square feet and transferring the artifact boxes to rolling shelving units to make them more manageable,
- transferring ten rolling units from our collections area at the armory to the new space to create a better work station for measuring, photographing and documenting artifacts as they are accessioned, and
- transferring our collections database to a new, more user-friendly system that is being supported (the old system had become obsolete) which included file migration and data clean-up for the approximately 9,000 items currently in the system.
Throughout all of this we have received several large archival donations consisting of more than twenty boxes of files, photographs and other materials and eight large cabinets of artifacts along with the increased volume of donations that have come in throughout Covid as people have been sorting and downsizing.
With only two full-time staff members to cover all of our programming and activities, and the limited opportunity for volunteers to do the data entry and scanning required, especially over the last couple of years, it is a slow process.