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Women's Studio Workshop (Kingston, NY 12401-8420)
Ann E. Kalmbach (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Women's Studio Workshop: Planning to Relocate and Sustain its Archival Collections

A preservation assessment, environmental monitoring assessment and plan, and preservation workshop for the Women's Studio Workshop. The collection includes organizational records, scrapbooks, photographs, prints and posters, artist files, and first edition handmade artists' books by artists such as Tatana Kellner, Linda Montano, Zarina Hashmi, Clarissa Sligh, Mei Ling Hom, Maureen Cummins, Cheri Gaulke, and Tona Wilson. Some of the topics reflected in the artists' works include local history, women's studies, poetry, pedagogy, political and social topics, documentary photography, and farming.

During its 39-year history supporting generations of artists as the country's leading women's visual art center, Women's Studio Workshop has built an archive of artwork and other documents revelatory of the artistic process and the social currents swirling about its creative output. In 2012, WSW began a building expansion that will double the footprint of its space. A critical component is the consolidation of its archival collections in a Study Room and Research Center in the new building. WSW wishes to leverage this opportunity by working with Susan Chute, a librarian and archivist with substantial experience relocating collections, who will conduct a preservation reassessment, develop detailed relocation and storage plans to situate the archive in its new space, and train staff in accessioning, housing, processing, preserving & making accessible the artists' books, prints, photographs, scrapbooks, posters, and organizational records that constitute its unique heritage.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; Women's History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015