Conference Alert: Architectural Records Symposium - Managing and Preserving Design Records

From H-Museum:

Program and registration information for CCAHA's upcoming program, Architectural Records Symposium: Managing and Preserving Design Records, is available below and on our web. Additional sessions and speakers are still being added to the program, so check the web site regularly for additional information.

We would appreciate your sharing this information with your colleagues and membership, and apologize for cross-postings. Thank you.

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) presents:

Architectural Records Symposium: Managing and Preserving Design Records Chicago, IL
July 16 & 17, 2007

Held at and cosponsored by the Chicago History Museum

About the Program

Architectural records are the vital documentation of our built environment and provide insight into social and economic trends throughout history. However, collecting, managing, preserving, and providing access to these records can often feel like a monumental task for those charged with their care. Speakers at this symposium will address the challenges involved in managing architectural records collections, on both theoretical and practical levels, through case studies, lectures, and demonstrations. Participants will learn about the significance of architectural records; the array of materials and methods used to create them, from the earliest processes to those in use today; collecting policies; appraisal; intellectual control; preventive and remedial preservation measures; innovations in conservation treatment; methods of access; management of electronic files; as well as have opportunities to engage in discussions with fellow participants who are managing similar collections.

This symposium is intended for archivists, librarians, curators, historic preservation officers, records managers, historians, and architects who are involved in collecting, preserving, and providing access to architectural, landscape, and historic preservation records in cultural institutions and architectural firms.

Presenters at the program include:

Lori Boyer, Collections Manager, Department of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago

Joan Irving, Head of Paper Section, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Waverly Lowell, Curator, Environmental Design Archives, College of Environmental Design, University of California

William J. Maher, University Archivist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tawny Ryan Nelb, Archivist and Records Consultant, Nelb Archival Consulting

Lois Olcott Price, Senior Conservator and Winterthur Assistant Professor in Art Conservation, Winterthur Museum and Country Estate

Laura Tatum, Archivist of the Eero Saarinen Collection Manuscript and archives, Sterling memorial Library, Yale University

William Whitaker, Collections Manager, Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania

Mary Woolever, Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago


CCAHA is pleased to offer a limited number of stipends of up to $750 to help defray travel, lodging, and registration costs associated with attending Architectural Records Symposium: Managing and Preserving Design Records. To be eligible, individuals must work in a non-profit institution that is open to the public with an annual operating budget of less than $500,000. In awarding the stipends, preference will be given to those applicants who are directly responsible for the care of the architectural records collected by their institution.

Stipend applications must be postmarked by June 1, 2007.

Applicants must submit:
* A one-page letter of interest that addresses their institution's need for staff training in this area and their commitment to preserving architectural records
* A brief institutional profile or brochure
* A brief description of architectural records held by the institution
* Proof of tax exempt status
* A letter of support from Director or President of Board of Trustees
* Applicant's resume

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application four weeks prior to the program. For additional information on the application process, please call the Preservation Services Office at 215-545-0613.

Registrations must be postmarked by 2 weeks prior to the program date.

Kelly Ferguson
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215.545.0613
F: 215.735.9313


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