Thanks to an August 2009 grant, the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) will be able to dramatically increase access to its collection by making digital images and information about the collection available online.
Design for Everyone: Increasing Access to Collections was funded by a Museums for America Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It will expand the use of GMD's collection of 26,200 designed objects, according to Eunice Haugen, GMD registrar and materials library coordinator. The end product will be an easily navigable, information-rich tool for research and study, Haugen said.
The project will provide online access to all collection records, and approximately 25 percent will include photographs of the objects. Objects selected for photographs will present an overview of the collection with a cross-section of types of objects, time periods, and individual designers, Haugen said. As additional funding is secured, GMD will continue to photograph the remainder of the collection to add to the database.
The tool will be Web-accessible to the University community, outside scholars, designers, artists, colleges, museums, and the general public for study, historical reference, and inspiration. The goal for public online access is fall 2010.
"This new database will transform the way students, staff, and volunteers interact with the collection, improving the quality and efficiency of GMD's service and dramatically increasing the number of people who benefit by this resource," said Lin Nelson-Mayson, Goldstein director.
IMLS is the primary source of federal support for libraries and museums and works at the national level to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.
Dress -- Oscar de la Renta, designer, c. 2000, silk chiffon, plastic, beads; gift of Elizabeth Weymouth
Magnum Flame -- Win Anderson, designer, manufactured by Jack Lenor Larson, Inc., 1970, cotton, mylar, nylon, machine embroidery; gift of Cowtan and Tout, Inc.
Bowl -- Tim Lloyd, artist, 2005 silver
American Modern Pitcher-Coral -- Russel Wright, designer, manufactured by Stuebenville Pottery, 1939-59, glazed ceramic
American Modern Carafe-Chartreuse -- Russel Wright, designer, manufactured by Stuebenville Pottery, 1939-59, glazed ceramic
American Modern Creamer-Granite Grey -- Russel Wright, designer, manufactured by Stuebenville Pottery, 1939-59, glazed ceramic; gifts of the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel
All items are from the GMD collection.