I received word yesterday that we are turning down the Jews of Wilkes-Barre Collection. The reasons we are turning down the collection are all valid reasons that I had pointed out in my recommendation and assessment of the collection: 1) no room in the archives to properly store the collection, 2) no money to finance the collection (although I think we could have done a bit of fundraising) and 3) no time (even though this would be a student project under my supervision, it would still require a lot of my time).
I will not just let the collection continue to linger in its present condition. I will contact the Luzerne County Historical Society on behalf of the JCC and see if they can assist them.
However, I have learned a few things from this near project:
- I really need to look into revamping the Collection Development Policy
- I should take a grant writing course in case an opportunity like this ever comes up again
- Scouting out the campus to look for potential storage/office space may not be a bad idea
Anyway, it was fun almost getting my first project…