This year, University Products supported the Costume Society of America’s (CSA) Angels Project in Maine. In years past, we have supported a Project in other states such as Maryland and Nevada.
The first Angels Project occurred in 2006. Since then, they have taken place in varying locations, like the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. and the American Alpine Club in Golden, Colorado. While working with local conservators, the goal of an Angels Project is to promote the understanding of the necessity of conservation and preservation while helping the local collections.
The CSA was founded in 1973. The original purpose was to increase the universal understanding of aspects of dress and appearance. The organization began to form regional groups in 1978, and has amassed six groups throughout the US and Canada, as well as one international group. Separate from the Angels Project, the CSA holds multiple events showcasing the costumes and other artifacts they have preserved.
This past year, the Angels supported the Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA) in Wicasset, Maine. The LCHA was founded in 1954, and aims to “preserve and interpret the history of Lincoln County, Maine.” Included in this program are three museums, which feature a wide variety of items from textiles and costumes to maps and manuscripts. The Angels accomplished a great deal while working, and the provided a numerous amount of supplies and boxes to help the organization continue to flourish.
The LCHA Angels Project marks the CSA’s 12th Project. The Angels choose small museums to assist, then go and help the museums get their clothing and textiles prepared to process into their collections. There are numerous steps involved in preparing the fabrics for preservation. The item must be photographed, then vacuumed, then receives an accession number and given identification. The final step is packing, using archival boxes.
Next year, the Angels will work with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. The organization they are assisting is the William and Mary Theatre Costume Study Collection, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance.
University Products has donated archival storage supplies to Angels Projects in the past, and has continued to do so this year. Some such items are Unbuffered Interleaving Tissue, Archival Textile Storage Boxes, and Polyester Label Holders.
University Products is proud to support the CSA and the Angels Project and their conservation efforts.