Above: Volunteer Louise Searson peruses publications for the Ingalls Library clipping files.
With immense gratitude, we wish to highlight the following individuals for National Volunteer Week:
A volunteer at CMA since 1967 and in the Ingalls Library since 1993, Margot helps the Acquisitions department by searching all prospective purchases in the library catalog before ordering, with great dedication and attention to detail.
Mary Ann Conn-Brody
Mary Ann’s dedication to adding citations to the Museum Publications Index is invaluable in supporting research on objects in the museum’s permanent collection.
Mary’s perseverance on, and enthusiasm for, refining an online glossary of art terms is boundless and will undoubtedly benefit museum visitors—both on site and virtual.
Amanda is a jack of all trades: happy to work on any project Acquisitions needs help with at any given moment such as creating lists, doing pre-order searching, collating, and opening boxes of new books as they arrive.
A former school librarian who wanted to donate some of her time in retirement (much to our benefit), Patti creates order records for books that the Ingalls Library receives from other museum departments and collates materials entering the library collection.
As the library and archives’ newest Womens Council volunteer, Mary has been willing to undertake a daunting project: sorting a long-neglected artist postcard collection. Welcome, Mary!
Acquisitions staff are always pleased when Astri visits; she is the only person we know who enjoys collation—the process of identifying objects in the CMA collection in publications entering the Ingalls Library—and she is able to identify museum objects even when they aren’t properly cited in the book.
Louise has an eagle’s eye for spotting and clipping newspaper articles about the museum and its collections and activities, contributing to the maintenance of more than 19,000 clipping files with long-term research value to art historians.
In Martha’s commendably long tenure, she has diligently organized archival materials, and reviewed magazines and journals for illustrations of objects in the museum’s permanent collection, contributing to the research endeavors of museum staff and other library and archives patrons.
After volunteering for many years in the museum’s department of prints and drawings, delightfully, Nancy recently joined the library and archives team; we’re doubly fortunate that she organizes the records of the Print Club of Cleveland, allowing us to provide access to these hidden archives, and integrates dealers’ catalogues from two library collections, to ultimately better serve researchers.