Support: The Future
While we are conservative in our spending, keeping
ourselves debt free and only doing those projects
for which we have money available, we do have
our dreams for the future.
We have always held community cultural events
at the Archives. However, they have been limited
by our limited space. And, we have already outgrown
our present building even for archival storage
(we rent storage space elsewhere). So one of our
dreams is to own a second building nearby, one
which would give us additional space for our collection,
and, in addition, a space large enough for cultural
events (theatre and dance performances, for e.g.)
along with a large gallery space for exhibitions.
On a more modest level we would love to be able to put all of our
databases onto the Internet, so they could be accessible to people
around the world. The project would
require money for ongoing technological support and for the software
Many researchers come to the Archives from outside of New York City.
They sometimes need to use our collections for weeks, even months,
at a time. It would be wonderful to be able to offer them living
space on a short term basis at an affordable price (always more
if you can and less if you can’t). This might be a space in
our second building or simply an apartment we could rent nearby
on a yearly basis.
While we continue to dream about possible futures for the Archives,
we will also continue to be fiscally responsible and to seek funding
sources for our current work.