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A Curation-Needs Assessment of Historical Collections at Select Facilities for the US Department of Veterans Affairs

Author(s): Heather L. Pobst ; Amy M. Williams

Editor(s): Christopher B. Pulliam ; Cathy VanArsdale

Year: 2010

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Summary

At the request of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections (MCX), conducted a pilot study to assist the VA in determining the volume of its collections and current collections needs nationwide and the tasks required to bring them into compliance with 36 CFR Part 79 (Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections).

Compliance assessments of buildings and collections were performed at 16 medical centers, cemeteries, and Central Offices for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). MCX personnel evaluated each building that housed collections in order to determine its level of compliance with 36 CFR Part 79, the baseline used as guidance for federal archaeological and non-archeological collections and buildings housing them.

Only one of the 54 buildings housing VA collections is in full compliance with 36 CFR Part 79; this building is a non-VA facility. The MCX also identified various collections at each facility visited and provided suggestions and estimates (for archaeological objects and historical records only) for bringing them into compliance with the curation regulation.

A total of 130.3 ft3 of archaeological objects, 889 linear feet of historical records, 109 pieces of artwork, 12 architectural objects, and 91 large historical objects plus an additional 420.9 ft3 of historical objects/memorabilia were examined.


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A Curation-Needs Assessment of Historical Collections at Select Facilities for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Heather L. Pobst, Amy M. Williams, Christopher B. Pulliam, Cathy VanArsdale. Archaeological Curation-Needs Assessments Technical Report ,No. 33. St. Louis, MO: US Army Corps of Engineers Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections, St. Louis District. 2010 ( tDAR id: 420626) ; doi:10.6067/XCV86M3908


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min long: -124.233; min lat: 29.306 ; max long: -67.808; max lat: 47.517 ;

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Contact(s): US Army Corps of Engineers Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections, St. Louis District

Landowner(s): US Department of Veteran Affairs

Sponsor(s): U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Construction and Facilities Management Strategic Management Office

Repository(s): Building 11–Fort Whipple Museum - Prescott VAMC ; Building 12–Administration - Prescott VAMC ; Building 13 - Prescott VAMC ; Building 14 - Prescott VAMC ; Building 28–Police Station - Prescott VAMC ; Building 107–Hospital - Prescott VAMC ; Building 148–Nursing Home - Prescott VAMC ; Veterans Benefits Administration - Los Angeles Regional Office ; Building 218-Administration - West Los Angeles VAMC ; Building 220-Dental and Asset Management - West Los Angeles VAMC ; Building 258-Mental Health Admin. and Voluntary Services - West Los Angeles VAMC ; Building 300-Food and Nutrition - West Los Angeles VAMC ; Building 500-Medical Center - West Los Angeles VAMC ; Administration Bldg./Chapel - Los Angeles National Cemetary ; Columbarium - Los Angeles National Cemetary ; Veteran's Affairs Central Office ; Building 21-Barn - Togus VAMC ; Building 200E-Medical Center - Togus VAMC ; Building 202-Facilities Management Services - Togus VAMC ; Building 203-Administration - Togus VAMC ; Building 205-Library - Togus VAMC ; Building 207-Nursing Home - Togus VAMC ; Building 211-Fire Station - Togus VAMC ; Veterans Benefits Administration Museum ; Salisbury National Cemetary ; Building 116-Administration - Dayton VAMC ; Building 120-Putnam Library - Dayton VAMC ; Building 128-Engineering Offices - Dayton VAMC ; Building 135-Grounds Maintenence - Dayton VAMC ; Building 305-Recreation - Dayton VAMC ; Building 315-Medical Center - Dayton VAMC ; Building 320-Nursing Home - Dayton VAMC ; Building 330-Medical Center - Dayton VAMC ; Building 340-Medical Center - Dayton VAMC ; Dayton National Cemetery

Prepared By(s): US Army Corps of Engineers Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections, St. Louis District

Submitted To(s): U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Washington, D.C.


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