AS-AP

Survey: American Folk Art Museum

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Organization: 
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1961
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Art Museum
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
Over $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Exhibition Space
Other
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM MISSION STATEMENT Folk art is at the heart of the cultural expression of all Americans. In recognition of its importance to the artistic heritage of the nation, and with the conviction that an understanding of folk art can be a unifying force in American life, the American Folk Art Museum, comprising Board, staff, and volunteers, and supported by members and friends, is dedicated to the following core vision and mission of the institution as: • The preeminent resource for the study and enjoyment of American folk art, including its roots and influences, and related art expressions throughout the world. • A museum that preserves, conserves and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality. • A museum that embraces not only the folk arts, as broadly defined, of the 17th-, 18th-, and 19th- centuries, but those of the 20th-century as well, including but not limited to the work of contemporary self-taught painters and sculptors. • An institution in the public service committed to celebrating the diverse cultures that comprise the United States of America and seeking to create understanding among people of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. • A center for the development of an outstanding and wide-ranging program of education, exhibitions, research, and publications, as well as a library, devoted to folk art and related art expressions. • An institution committed to enhancing accessibility to its programs and collections through new developments in information technologies. • An active partner in New York’s museum community and in the wider cultural community of the United States. 11/5/04
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
www.folkartmuseum.org
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History: 
www.folkartmuseum.org
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Conelli Maria mconelli@folkartmuseum.org
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Gerard Wertkin wertkin@aol.com
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Parsons Laura
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Esmerian Ralph ralphesmerian@aol.com
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Yes
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
Yes
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
Yes
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Archive is in need of documenting, photographing,inventorying and storing in acid free boxes, sleeves, etc.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Yes
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
Yes
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
No
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
No
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
No
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IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Yes
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Yes
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
By written request for an appointment.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Correspondence
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Films
Slides
Microfiche
Photographs
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Videotapes
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
Other:: 
Drawings and sketches
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other:: 
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Brochures
Commercially Published Materials
Other:: 
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Mock-Ups / Models / Prototypes
Other:: 
Other
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
1980-1989
1990-1999
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Some
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
----
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
----
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
----
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
91 - 100
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Yes
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
No
16b. Paper-based:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
Other Paper-Based Cataloguing Records
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
Yes
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Manual System (Card File, File Folders)
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
Disaster Plan
Acid-Free Housing
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
funding
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
improve access to a broader public
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
funding
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
1.
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$90,001 - $100,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$100,001 - $150,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Yes
25b. Who?: 
Linda Edgerly, Director The Winthrop Group, Inc. 37 West 39th Street Suite 501 New York, New York 10018 Janine St. Germain, Principal Winthrop+St.Germain 37 West 39th Street, Suite 501 New York, New York 10018
Finish
survey_field_150: 
American Folk Art Museum
Who executed this survey.: 
Linda Dunne, Deputy Director
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: 
Yes