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Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (New York, NY 10036-1007)
Rachel Herman (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - Archive Training Grant

The training of two archivists from the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, who will attend the Modern Archives Institute (MAI) in order to increase staff qualifications to steward archival collections. The MAI training will build the foundation for on-going care of the museum's archival collection by providing training for two staff members in principles and techniques for appraisal, processing, and preservation of archival materials. The museum holds institutional and personal records relating to the history of and life aboard the aircraft carrier "Intrepid," as well as the USS "Growler" and space shuttle "Enterprise." The museum aims to exhibit the "humanity behind the hardware," an approach that draws on the museum's humanities collections to draw out and interpret connections between technology and the lives of individuals who served on the ship.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's archival collection consists of materials related to chapters in the history of the former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the Cold War era submarine USS Growler, a British Airways Concorde and the space shuttle Enterprise. This collection serves as an instrumental resource assisting the Museum's curatorial team to recount human stories behind the machinery displayed introducing the notion of the 'humanity behind the hardware' that connects the significant missions of the Intrepid with the lives of the individuals who served aboard the ship. The project will allow two of the Intrepid Museum's staff members to attend the Modern Archives Institute, a two-week session presented by the National Archives and Records Administration in cooperation with the Library of Congress. The goal of the proposed project is to develop in-house professional expertise building a solid foundation for the on-going care of the Museum's growing archival collection.

Project fields:
History, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$5,543 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015