Past CSI projects

Lick Observatory

October 23, 2015: San Jose, CA

CSI: Registrars was held at the Lick Observatory on the summit of Mount Hamilton just outside San Jose. Working with the Lick Observatory Historical Collections Project, we rehoused and cataloged a collection of extraordinary photographic glass plates. The plates are a series of the finest early wide-field photographs of the Milky Way dating back to the mid 1890s.

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

October 4, 2014: Boulder City, NV

CSI: Registrars helped the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum inventory and rehouse their boxed storage. The museum had 269 banker boxes that needed to be inventoried, conditioned and rehoused with archival materials. The items ranged from late 1800s Colorado River history items to modern Boulder City ephemera. The goal of the day was to get a running start on this project and establish a protocol so museum staff and volunteers could finish the project. A quick excursion to the Hoover Dam rounded out the productive day.

Murray City Museum

September 26, 2013: Murray, Utah

Seven CSI: Registrar volunteers worked with two staff from Murray: Bunny Ankeny and Mary Ann Kirk, alongside twelve Murray volunteers to learn how to write a condition report, pad out textiles, learn about how to create barriers between objects in exhibitions, and when to remove objects from exhibit.

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

October 20, 2012: Desert Hot Springs, CA

CSI: Registrar volunteers conditioned, cleaned and rehoused Navajo rugs that had been previously frozen to kill pests. The team was a great help to the two person staff of Cabot’s Pueblo Museum who could not have done so much work in so little time. The volunteers also taught the staff, Ginger Ridgeway and Peggy Pourtemour, how to take care of the remaining rugs.

Queen Emma’s Summer Palace

September 22, 2011: Honolulu, HI

The 2011 Collections Services Initiative was held at Queen Emma Summer Palace, September 22, 2011 with eleven volunteers. A physical inventory was completed for the entire collection of artifacts on exhibit in the seven restored period rooms. Additional work included placing Mylar between decorative objects and furniture and on photographing and re-housing fragile textiles.

Pittock Mansion

October 16, 2010: Portland, OR

This successful project focused on inventory and re-housing textiles.  Eight volunteer collections professionals worked with the collection, guided by collections manager Patricia Larkin and assisted by Jacqueline and Allyson.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

October 24, 2009: San Diego, CA

Eleven volunteers worked for the day at the San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park on a range of projects, including inventory, cleaning, and general condition notes. It provided a great opportunity for professionals to network and a chance for people to work in collections outside of their usual area. She has ideas for how next year’s process might be updates, including an application process by the possible museums with clearly defined projects for maximum effectiveness of the time.

Pre-conference workshop: Storage Stories: Creating New Spaces

October 9, 2007: Oakland, CA

Pre-conference workshop: Storage Stories: Creating New Spaces at the Oakland Museum of California Off-Site Storage and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology Off-Site Storage.

Idaho Military History Museum

October 11, 2006: Boise, ID

The Helping Hands/White Glove Brigade was held at the Idaho Military History Museum. Fifteen volunteer collections professionals conditioned, packed and catalogued military uniforms.