Barbara Beaucar is an Associate Archivist at the Barnes Foundation.
ABA: In a few sentences, tell us what you’ll be presenting at ABA.
BB: A snazzy PowerPoint highlighting my department’s awesome accomplishments over the past year – our contribution to the construction of a new building, the move of our art library, and the creation of a major exhibition devoted to the history of Dr. Barnes and his Foundation.
ABA: What do you hope audiences will get from your talk?
BB: My department had the opportunity to become an integral part of our institution’s future throughout “the Move” to Philadelphia. Our contribution called attention to the importance of our institution’s historical collections and to those who carry the institutional memory forward.
ABA: What was the most interesting exciting archives-related thing you’ve read or seen recently?
BB: I recently found Dr. Barnes’s diplomas from the University of Pennsylvania and Central High School hiding under a pile of elderly arboretum plans and blueprints in an attic closet – just in time to add a budget line item for their conservation! Yay!!
ABA: On a scale from 1 – 10, (10 being hardest) how easy would it be for other archivists to implement the project you’re presenting here?
BB: The archives exhibition began as an intense research effort initiated by our small department three years ago. It grew to include our curatorial and conservation staff. Without a huge team effort, and the budget to fund it, it would not have been possible. I would give this project a 10.