Strengthening Foundations: Improving Description of and Access to Archival Materials
Strengthening Foundations:Improving Description of and Access to Archival Materials How does a cultural heritage institution preserve and present its own history? By constructing profiles of past conservation work, World Monuments Fund,a New York-based architectural preservation organization, developed access strategies to its archives with immediate user-centered and long-term institutional benefits. Primary Sources n Administrative and Financial Records n Project and Grant Files n Architectural Plans n Visual Collections n Publications supplied exposed needs information to accession, to construct arrange, and further describeDescription and Access Conservation Project Profilesn Visual collection finding aids n Historical Significance and EADs n Site Conditionn Search tools for project and grant files database n Project Narrativen Digitized images, publications, and scrapbooks n Collaborationn Enhanced image metadata n Subsequent Developmentsn Archival intranet identified opportunities to improveMargot Note is the Archivist and Information Manager at World MonumentsFund. She is earning her Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study inArchives Management at Drexel University.This project was supported by a generous grant from the Samuel H. KressFoundation.