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Museum Educational Site Licensing Project papers, 1983, 1992-1999, undated (bulk 1996-1998)

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Guide to the Howard Besser Museum Educational Site Licensing Project Papers, 1983, 1992-1999, and undated

Scope and Content of Collection

Papers consist of reports, publications, correspondence, letters, memoranda, notes, forms, surveys and questionnaires, brochures, pamphlets, clippings, press releases, agenda, minutes, invoices, contracts, and photographs, 1983, 1992-1999 and undated (bulk 1996-1998), created and used by participants in the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project, and collected by Howard Besser, Principal Investigator. The records describe the genesis, development, execution, and evaluation of the Project. The bulk of the records describe the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded phase of the Project.

The reports and proposals included in the records outline the methodology for, and provide summary information about, the Project and its results during its Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded phase. Included are the grant proposal, written and submitted by Howard Besser, Principal Investigator, to the Mellon Foundation requesting funds to study the economic aspects of the MESL Project; technical reports submitted by the participating institutions; and two versions of the final report, The Cost of Digital Image Distribution: The Social and Economic Implications of the Production, Distribution and Usage of Image Data, authored by Howard Besser and Robert Yamashita (Project Manager).

The data gathering records describe the selection process for participating institutions and provide information about the design and results of data gathering. The materials contain the institutional applications of the University of Virginia, American University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Michigan, Columbia University, the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, George Eastman House, Harvard University Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of American Art.

The evaluation process funded through the Mellon Foundation, which focused on the economic implications of the Project, is documented through surveys and questionnaires completed by the participating institutions. These records also contain documents describing the development of the evaluation process, the evaluation itself, and its results. These records contain correspondence between Besser, Jennifer Trant, Beth Sandore (consultant), and other individuals involved in the evaluation.

Finally, the records contain publications and presentations produced by Howard Besser and participants in the Museum Educational Site Licensing Project, provide information about administrative matters related to the execution of the Project (specifically the Project's Advisory Board, meeting minutes, budget and expense information, and personnel records), and contain research and background materials collected by Howard Besser.


These records are organized in six series:
Series I. Proposals and reports, 1992-1999;
Series II. Gathered data, 1994-1998;
Series III. Evaluation materials, 1995-1998 and undated;
Series IV. Publications and presentations, 1995-1999;
Series V. Administrative records, 1995-1999 and undated;
Series VI. Research and background materials, 1983, 1992, 1994-1998 and undated.

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