Collections Relocations

Collections Relocations

Collections relocations provide our clients with the opportunities to access their objects, improve their systems and upgrade their facilities.

What are the important factors when embarking on a collections relocation?

The first is control—the ability to maintain inventory through all phases of the relocation. Second is safe transportation methods for the objects. The final factor is improved conditions at the destination. Institutions undertake a collections relocation in order to improve their facilities, whether the objects return to the same recently renovated building or move to a brand new facility.

Why are these factors important?

Those attempting a collections relocation want control in order to understand the exact location of each object at any point during the move. If the relocation is long term, objects might be needed for display or to undergo conservation treatments. The opportunities provided by a collections relocation are quite numerous, and this realization occurs often during the course of the move. Therefore flexibility in the schedule and process are necessary for a successful relocation. Finally, while the conditions at the final destination will improve, the environments of the individual objects should improve as well.

Why is ELY the best company to move my collection?

At ELY, we perform collections relocations regularly and have developed a redundant registration practice to maintain inventory. At all times, both ELY staff and our clients know exactly where every piece in the collection resides. Also, we have established relationships with transportation companies so that we can call upon a wide fleet of vehicles to meet our clients’ needs. Finally, we take advantage of all collections relocations to assist our clients with digitizing their images, improving their inventories and upgrading the environments of their objects in storage.

 

Sample Projects

Name: 

DOI Large Dioramas

Services: 

Collections Relocation

Client: 

Large Diorama Relocation

In 2011, the Department of the Interior contracted ELY, Inc. to remove, transport and store 14 dioramas created in the 1930s. Due to asbestos content, the dioramas were considered to be Hazardous Material and required special handling per OSHA regulations. While the smaller ones were able to be taken out of the building through existing doorways, ELY extracted the 7 largest, ranging from 300–600 pounds and averaging 8 feet wide by 8 feet tall by 5 feet deep, through the construction zone via a lifting rig and an opening in the wall. ELY then transported, inventoried and placed all of the dioramas in a secure vault.

Name: 

Fort Drum Museum

Services: 

Collections Relocation

Client: 

Collections Relocation

At Fort Drum in Watertown, New York, ELY organized and completed the movement of the 10th Mountain Division’s artifact collection. This consisted of all artifacts and objects  considered “micros,” or smaller artifacts from the museum’s storage facility. Within two weeks ELY cataloged and packed 3,000 artifacts for shipment to two locations.Fort Drum Museum.pdf

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Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

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Collections Relocation

Client: 

Collections Relocation

ELY services included moving historic furniture, rugs, framed artwork, sculpture and a piano from the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum to our storage facility in preparation for building restoration and updating. ELY soft packed all artifacts on site, and transported them to storage. ELY also installed crates around eight sculptures in the house to protect the artifacts during the renovation. Once the building renovation finished in early 2011, ELY returned all artifacts to the museum for installation. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.pdf 

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Statue of Liberty National Monument

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Collections Relocation

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National Park Service

During life and safety renovations in 2011 at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, ELY packed the museum collection on Liberty Island and moved it to museum storage on Ellis Island. This work required very high security conditions as the artifacts were on display in the museum within the pedestal of Lady Liberty, and logistics involved transportation of artifacts via ferry boats between the islands. ELY packed all objects to National Park Service standards for storage, and returned the artifacts to the museum and reinstalled them in the exhibit space once the renovations were completed. Statue of Liberty.pdf

Clients

The Textile Museum

Collections Relocation

Missouri History Museum

Collections Relocation

Lando Hall of California History

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Department of the Interior

Large Diorama Relocation

Golden Eagle Pilot House

Missouri History Museum

Center for Military History

Collections Relocation

Naval History and Heritage Command

Collections Relocation

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum

Collections Relocation

Apotheosis of the Family

Buccini Pollin Group

The George Rogers Clark Room (Bird Room)

The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

United States Navy Supply Corps Museum

Collections Relocation

Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Relocation

National Scouting Museum

National Scouting Museum / Boy Scouts of America

The National Civil War Museum

Collections Relocation

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