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Preserving Our Aerospace Heritage
We completed a two-year project in August 2014 funded by an IMLS Museums of America grant to develop requirements and standards for catalog record formats and metadata for archival materials, connect the Museum’s library system to a digital asset management system (DAMS) to reduce duplicate data entry, connect other collection databases to this system, and continue to add information to these systems to aid searching for both the Museum staff and general public. We are now about to start phase two of the project, where we will be updating our PastPerfect catalog of our curatorial objects and placing images of the objects online via our Flickr photo stream.
Increasing Online Access
Parallel to the IMLS project, we also received a CLIR Hidden Collections grant to create finding guides for 189 of our most important personal and corporate special collections. The objective of this project was to improve both Museum and public access to these unique collections. Approximately 2,000 linear feet of records were examined, with detailed finding guides created, and made accessible to the public through various online platforms. The work started during this project continues.
Improving Our Collection Storage
Following recommendations from a preservation assessment, and with ongoing involvement of preservation, engineering, and facilities management specialists, the Museum developed a comprehensive preservation plan that included installation of environmental controls and reorganization of collection spaces. In 2010, we successfully raised $90,000 to complete the HVAC project, and installed environmental controls in six collection storage rooms.
Digitizing the Still and Moving Image Collection
Over the past several years, our Library &Archives (L&A) staff and volunteers have digitized over 230,000 images and placed them on Flickr.com. We believe ours is now the largest aviation related image collection on the web, and it has become very well known among aviation enthusiasts, worldwide. Our digitized collection is so popular, according to the Flickr.com statistics page, that our images have now surpassed 160 million views.
Convair/General Dynamic Atlas Collection
We are pleased to announce that the L&A received a two-year National Historical Publications and Records grant in March 2015 from the National Archives and Records Administration to continue our Great Explorations: Increasing Access to Our Aerospace Heritage program, specifically providing for the digitization of 50,000 Atlas missile and space launch system images.