Size Does Matter, Archivally Speaking!

Durer ChariotNew exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Royalty on Paper” features the best examples of the ways in which European monarchs and their aristocratic followers have been represented on paper from the sixteenth century to 1900. From formal portraits to few pointed caricatures and elaborate tributes, designed to convey the splendor, power, and virtues of the various royals and their courts. The highlight of the exhibits is a giant (it measures approximately 1.5 feet high 8 feet long) print Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I by Albrecht Dürer. The epic artwork, dated 1522 (but started in 1518) is really a composite image printed from 8 separate wood blocks created by Willibald Pirckheimer.

When faced with a task of preserving artifacts of such grandeur and splendor (not in the least by the sheer size of the pieces) one can’t help but wonder how hard it must be to preserve it, so it can retain it’s present glory for the generations to come.

University Products prides itself on its ability to provide custom solutions for archivists, museum conservators, librarians and the amateur collectors. From Clear Plastic Enclosures (designed to fit posters and extra large panoramic prints) and Oversized Folders (which can house artwork, photos and really big ephemera), to Custom Sized boxes, our products can accommodate practically any artifact no matter how big (or small).


BIG:
Giant Size Archival Scrapbook Album
Panoramic Print Folders
Unbuffered Large Print File Folders
Polypropylene Textile Storage Boxes
Movie Poster L-Velopes
Custom Boxes

SMALL:
Mix and Match Artifact/Specimen Trays
Full View Artifact Boxes
Polyethylene Zipper Bags
Magnifiers & Portable Microscopes
Stamp/Art Mounting Strips
Color Coded Coin Holders

Pushing the Envelope at the NEMA Meeting

John Dunphy & Pat Foster, NEMA, 2012The New England Museum Association (NEMA) annual meeting was held in Burlington, VT. November 7, 8 & 9 and University Products was there to debut its new Archival Quality Materials catalog. In the booth was Pat Foster, Vice President of Marketing and John Dunphy, Vice President & General Manager. They displayed a variety of new products that have been added to the product line and illustrated in the 2013 catalog. Attendees got practical ideas and useful tips from top museum experts as they explored this year’s theme, “Pushing the Envelope: Innovation and the Future of Museums.” The conference was an opportunity for museum professionals to meet key colleagues, expand their professional network, and share their opinions in lively discussions with museums big and small. UPI booth at NEMA, 2012Also exhibiting were our New England neighbors which include the Northeast Document Conservation Center out of Andover, MA, Collector Services from Easthampton, MA and Small Corp from Greenfield, MA among others. It was nice to see representatives from our local museum, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke in attendance as well as our friends from Smith College in Northampton.

NEMA Scholarship
John Dunphy & Rachel Lovett, NEMA, 2012Rachel Lovett, Curator at the Hanover (MA), Historical Society was the recipient of the University Products’ annual sponsorship of the New England Museum Association (NEMA) scholarship. The scholarship helps to offset the cost of attending the annual conference. In addition to her work at the Hanover Historical Society, Rachel attends the Harvard Museum studies program. Her attendance at the conference, this year held in Burlington, VT, allowed Rachel to seek out new ideas and current trends in the field. “I believe that attending NEMA will help enhance my museum skill set at work as well as in school,” Rachel said.

Eric Carle Picture Book Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Eric Carle MuseumOn November 10, 2012, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, will start celebrating its 10th anniversary.  It will mark the occasion with  special events, exhibitions, and family activities. Book festivals, special guest speakers from around the world, and educational workshops are also planned as part of the year long celebration.

The museum, which opened in November 22, 2002, has become quite an attraction for tourists as well as local book lovers, and of course, kids of all ages. Founded by Barbara and Eric Carle, the museum is dedicated to showcasing some of the most outstanding examples of children’s book art. It features many pieces of original artwork and sketches for some of the most well known picture books, beautifully preserved and elegantly displayed in the airy, contemporary halls of the museum. The museum also offers opportunities to create your own future masterpieces, watch a theater production or meet a famous author.

University Products congratulates the wonderful Eric Carle Museum, it’s founders and staff with the anniversary! Our own love for books is obvious in the variety of book-related products we offer. From repair tapes to bookbinding tools, from protective enclosures to exhibition displays, we’ve got it all! Check out Book Arts & Maintenance and Book Displays and Racks sections of our online catalog, and don’t forget these ultimate Book Lover’s gifts – elegantly appointed  Book Repair Kit and Rare Book Display Pillows, which were recently featured in Fine Books and Collections Magazine.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month is celebrated in November to recognize Native cultures and to educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Native American Heritage Month Website, which is a collaboration of 8 major museums and institutions has a comprehensive list of various events, exhibits, demonstrations, and online resources available for a better understanding of the rich history and amazing traditions of the indigenous peoples of America.

• National Park Services has Tribal Preservation Programs & Grants designed to help repair some of the damage done in the last 500 years to the tribes and aid in restoring language, tradition, religion, objects, and sites.

• National Archives website has an entire section dedicated to the Native American Records, in which you can research records for a specific person (arranged by tribe), as well as other available online resources, hundreds of scanned rare photos and historical records pertaining to Native Americans.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has a state-of-the-art museum conservation facility, which includes separate laboratories for working on textiles and objects, a technical library, a photography studio, a scientific analytical lab, and mount-making spaces. The conservators participate in outreach, training and research projects conducted by the NMAI, collaborate with other institutions on special programs and, of course, take an important part in restoring, preserving and preparing artifacts for being displayed in the museum. The recently opened five-year exhibition called Circle of Dance presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. The museum uses costume displays and a large-screen video to illuminate 10 Native American dances. Both Washington, DC and New York locations of NMAI are ready to celebrate the Heritage Month with a calendar full of events.