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Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0001)
Arden Kirkland (Project Director: May 2009 to October 2011)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

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$5,890 (approved)
$5,890 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011

Preservation Assistance for the Vassar College Costume Collection

Hiring consultants to conduct a preservation assessment of the Drama Department's costume collection, to purchase preservation supplies, and to hold workshops for staff and students on the appropriate handling of costumes. The collection contains clothing dating from the 1820s. It is used by students and researchers in the study of the history of fashion, drama, and the history of the college.

The Vassar College Costume Collection (VCCC), a research collection of historic clothing maintained in Vassar's Drama Department, seeks a Preservation Assistance Grant for the Historic Costume Preservation Project. This project will include a general preservation assessment, preservation supplies, and education and training in the form of a series of three workshops. Since the VCCC exists as a study collection, the goal of conducting a condition survey, with condition reports for each of the 535 objects in the collection, presents a wonderful opportunity for hands-on experience with the objects. Working with professional consultants, staff and students will learn best practices for proper handling of costume objects; assessment and documentation of their condition; museum cataloging procedures; and stabilization and mounting techniques to conserve and safely display the objects.