Join the historical Meriden design identification and recovery effort!

Learn how you can make a real difference for historical Meriden design.

From silver and glass to lamps and Art Brass, historical Meriden design objects are dispersed in museums and private collections across the United States. Equally so, trade catalogues and other documentation featuring Meriden design, important to design research, are dispersed as well. Not only are unique copies across Connecticut, but very much across America, potentially across the Atlantic in the UK, and as far away as Australia.

Adding to the challenge, some of these catalogues and other important documentation are not yet digitally catalogued and hidden from the online searching of libraries, archives and museums. Often as fragile historical documentation, this historical documentation is also located in non-circulating areas.

This severely limits efficient, productive, and cost-effective Meriden design history development, because, depending upon the historical company, you might literally need to drive up and down and across the USA to see the diversity of historical design documentation in reasonable depth!

Join the historical Meriden design identification and recovery effort!

In January 2016, artdesigncafe embarked on a national information identification and recovery effort with like-minded people— with the support of curators, librarians, writers and other people enthusiastic about historical Meriden design. artdesigncafe will be communicating the newly found and digitized historical Meriden design documentation to the public.

There are two ways that you can contribute to the project, as (A) a volunteer scanner and/or (B) a project contributor.

Volunteer scanners and project contributors:

> Do extensive web searching for historical Meriden design material and contribute to building detailed bibliographies for public dissemination. artdesigncafe is requesting that out-of-copyright catalogues be digitized and put online for the benefit of historical Meriden design dissemination.

> Depending upon your location, assist sites with scanning of important, out-of-copyright historical Meriden documentation to go online. We are currently seeking historical Meriden design enthusiasts to scan documentation in the state of Connecticut.

> Other tasks may be negotiated depending upon a person’s skills and interests


> To volunteer scanning time, please contact us. This can be done on a one-day or more basis and have real impact. Help enthusiasts across America and beyond see and learn more about historical Meriden design!

> Regarding web searching and documentation work, due to its somewhat intense academic nature, some college coursework experience is required. Enthusiastic high school seniors are also encouraged to apply with a written recommendation by a teacher. For this block, a minimum 64-hour commitment over a maximum of 8 weeks is required as a volunteer "project contributor".

> It is conceivable that after an initial, satisfactory stage and artdesigncafe approval, that a college student could work with ADC to approach their university for later college internship credit. ADC has arranged this before with an associate dean at an American university.

> Volunteer project contributors will be considered from all over the world. However, due to time zone differences, those located between Turkey to the east and Chicago to the west will be especially considered as some telephone meetings will be required. Previous ADC college interns have been based in Poland, the UK and the US majoring in art/design history, communications, English literature, fine art, and journalism.

To apply:

Initially, please make contact via the ADC contact page with a brief message expressing your interest in becoming a volunteer scanner and/or project contributor. We’ll reply by email. Then, for project contributor applications, please send your resume/CV with a cover letter expressing your interest.