Digitizing Storefront's Archive for Web-based Public Access

Material Description

Storefront is not a collecting institution. All material held in its archive has been generated by the organization's programs and activities dating from Storefront's founding in 1982. The archive contains 115 c.f. of records, and has been arranged as three collections: Program Files (1982-2010, 75 cf), Institutional Records (1979-2008, 10 cf) and Original Artworks (1982-2012, 30 cf). Program Files document Storefront's public programs and events, and the broad spectrum of political, social and environmental issues they address. Spanning important local, regional and national concerns, this material includes all aspects of the programming process, from conception and research to implementation and outreach. Institutional Records document Storefront's operational activities, primarily during its first two decades. This material includes the papers of Storefront's former Executive Directors and funding applications with detailed program narratives. The Original Artworks collection contains works on paper and a small number of three dimensional objects produced by program participants for exhibitions and events. All three collections document early work by several now nationally and internationally recognized artists, architects and designers. The archive's material spans diverse, heterogeneous formats including text documents (press releases, correspondence, proposals, budgets, work plans, hand-written notes, clippings); images (photographic prints, slides and negatives, newsletter films); publications (tabloid newsletters, catalogues and books) and audio-visual media (VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs and MiniDVs). Using selection criteria for each collection that determine which records will be digitized and published for web-based access, Storefront has identified approximately 28 c.f., or 25% of the archive's material for immediate item-level cataloging and digitization. Selection criteria include the anticipated value of the records to Storefront's public audience and to researchers, the importance of the material to Storefront's history and program, and media preservation concerns.

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Storefront for Art and Architecture


Ms. Chialin Chou
Storefront for Art and Architecture

Ms. Eva Franch i Gilabert
Storefront for Art and Architecture

Date Range

1979 - 2012

Geographic Scope

Early records (1979-87) focus on New York City's built environment. Subsequent material encompasses diverse local, national and international sites and issues.


  • 6000 Letter and legal size on standard paper documents (notes, articles, newspaper clippings, artist profiles and research, ephemera, financial documents, promotional and press materials, correspondence, project proposals, admin files, etc.)