ERIC Number: ED179462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Museums and Historical Societies in New York State.
New York State Museum, Albany.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Cultural Education Center.
Statistical information on 620 museums and historical societies in New York State is presented. This report provides a description of the current condition and value of museums and historical societies. The report presents a perspective which can help organizations make decisions about policies, such as commitment of resources. The information was obtained from a questionnaire with yes/no check-off responses. Data on individual organizations are not reported, nor are the organizations named. Also, state-operated historical sites are not included. The report is presented in nine chapters. Chapter I reports statistical highlights of the survey: (1) history organizations accounted for approximately 72% of those surveyed; other-combined organizations, 15%; art organizations, 9%; and science organizations, 5%; (2) the majority of museums and historical societies were governed by independent nonprofit organizations; (3) the majority had collections and conducted educational activities; (4) the majority of art and science organizations had budgets over $100,000, paid staff, and administrative and exhibition facilities; (5) most history organizations had small budgets, few or no paid staff, and limited facilities; and (6) the other-combined organizations ranked lowest in terms of membership, but highest in annual attendance. Subsequent chapters provide data on types of organizations and subject specialization; governing authority and incorporation; annual operating budget; facilities; cultural education programs; collections, attendance, membership, and accessibility; and personnel. The appendix contains sources for additional information on museums and historical societies and a copy of the survey questionnaire. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Museum, Albany.; New York State Education Dept., Albany. Cultural Education Center.
Identifiers: New York