Survey: International Copy Art Archive

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Presenting Organization
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Permanent archive devoted to electrographic and copy art active in collecting on an international scale until about 2002.
Website Link to Mission Statement: 
sorry no website
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
no website
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview: 
no website
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
International Copy Art Archive & Bibliography Research into the documentation of electrographic (photocopier) art starting in 1992 to collect documents for the archive and bibliographic data for the bibliography. The project is ongoing. Information regarding the project appeared in the following publications: Leonardo Electronic News v. 2, n. 9 (September 15, 1992) Postmodern Culture Electronic Journal v. 3, n. 1 (September 1992) International Society of Copier Artists Quarterly v. 11, n. 3 (Spring 1993) Arnyekkotok Electrographic Art (Budapest) v. 4, n. 2 (November 1993) YLEM, Artists Using Science & Technology Newsletter v. 14, n. 3 (April 1994) Transfusion (Italy) #s 47 & 49 (1995) Reparation de Poesie Bulletin (1997) Umbrella v. 21 n. 1 (March 1998) A concise bibliography drawn from the main bibliography was published in issue #101 of New Observations magazine (New York) for the issue “Copy Culture” edited by Stephen Perkins and Lloyd Dunn. The artists’ books and magazines sections of the archive were shown in the exhibition “ Past, Present, Post” at the Columbia Center for the Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, March 7- May 9, 1997. In August 1997, the international descriptive bibliography of copier art (250 citations) was placed on the Leonardo (MIT Press) website. That version of the bibliography can be accessed at: The International Copy Art Archive was formally established in late 1997.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Reed Altemus
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
The archive needs to be placed at a sympathetic institution.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Technical Support / Expertise
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
I am here Monday-Thursday 10-4 arrangements can be made to see the archive by phone or email.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Most of the collection is of a documetary nature: books, show catalogues, magazines etc. there is also prints, artists books and small press publications, & artists’ magazines.
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
books, exhibition catalogues and magazines
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Reed Altemus
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Inventory List
Electronic (Database, etc.)
We are not currently processing new material
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
I’m not sure I want to let the archive go until it is not of use to me any more
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
searching for a sympathetic institution
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
L Reed Altemus III
Who executed this survey.: 
Reed Altemus, Director, International Copy Art Archive