Assessors Hired for Archival Assessment Program

Conservation ConneCTion and the Connecticut State Historic Records Advisory Board are pleased to announce that four preservation professionals have been hired to conduct the on-site assessments as part of the Archival Assesment Program. These assessors are extremely well qualified and bring a wealth of  knowledge and experience to this project.

The four assessors are:


·         Elizabeth Fox, who has over 30 years of experience working for cultural institutions in the state. As a researcher and a curator, she has conducted research in libraries, historical societies, museums and court houses throughout the region. She has worked as a surveyor for the American Association of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program, where projects have often involved museum collections, as well as library and photograph collections. Since 1997, she has worked as an independent consultant where she has conducted collection assessments and conservation recommendations. She serves on the board of the Connecticut League of History Organizations and on the Cheshire Historic District Commission.


·         Evelyn Green currently works as a library specialist for CIGNA Corporation in Bloomfield, Connecticut. This Simmons College graduate holds a Masters in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management. She has conducted archival assessments St. Monica’s Episcopal Church (Hartford) and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut Archives. While working with the diocese Evelyn also completed the inventory and preservation of oversized folios in need of conservation. During her two year tenure serving as the archivist for Central Connecticut State University’s Veterans History Project Evelyn established the archives’ formal policies and standards. Evelyn is a member of the Society of American Archivists and New England Archivists.


·         Rebecca Hatcher received a master’s degree in library science and history from SUNY Albany in 2001.  After working as an archivist for a year, she became a field service representative at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA.  She was primarily responsible for the Center's preservation assessment program, and performed 24 assessments a year at public and academic libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and town clerks'
offices.  Three years ago, she moved to New Haven and became an archivist in Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University, while continuing to conduct archival and presrvation assessments as a consultant.


·         Cynthia Harbeson graduated from Simmons College with a Master’s of Arts in History and a Master’s of Science in Library Science with an archives concentration.  She was formerly the reference librarian and assistant archivist at the Connecticut Historical Society.  Cynthia has completed archival assessment work at several organizations including the USS Constitution Museum, Durham Public Library, the Ethel Walker School, and Central Connecticut State University’s Center for Public Policy and Social Research.  Cynthia currently works as a reference librarian at the Richmond Memorial Library in Marlborough and the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington and as an archivist at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.

The assessors will be visiting 61 museums, historical societies and libraries located in all eight counties of Connecticut.

Participating institutions will be contacted by their assessor early in March to arrange an appointment for the on-site visit.  The results of this project, including the assessments will be shared at a symposium slated for fall 2010.


For questions about this project please contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda at Conservation ConneCTion,