Survey: Ugly Duckling Presse

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$50,001 - $100,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Printed Periodical / Publication
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit art & publishing collective producing small to mid-size editions of new poetry, translations, lost works, and artist’s books. The Presse favors emerging, international, and "forgotten" writers with well-defined formal or conceptual projects that are difficult to place at other presses. Its full-length books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, magazine and newspaper all contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking. In collaboration with Loudmouth Collective and with various visual and performance artists, Ugly Duckling Presse also supports and participates in the creation of works off paper: these may be performed, or they may exist on digital video, CD, or tree bark. On or off the page, UDP endeavors to create spaces in which people can have an experience of art free of expectation, coercion, and utility. The Presse maintains a small workshop and letterpress studio on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn. ---comment from Matvei Yankelevich: From its inception, the Ugly Duckling was an attempt to create a democratic art-object. In other words, creating cheap or free materials/events that were not commercial in their nature, and presented (unsuspecting) audiences with something physically touched by a human hand, containing the trace of its original gesture (whether off-handed or thoroughly conceived). The publishing act for UDP has always been thought of as a kind of performance, so how we do it (as a kind of amorphous collective, with changing modes of operation) was and is as important as what we do.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Long history on web site.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Ugly Duckling Zine, 1993-1999 Emergency Gazette, 1999-2002 6x6 poetry periodical, 2000-present (ongoing) New York Nights, 2002 to present (ongoing) Artists Books, since 1999 Chapbooks (poetry), since 1999, ongoing Full-length paper-back books (mostly poetry), since 2003, ongoing Events, Readings, "Paperless Books" since 1999, ongoing Anti-Readings, 2001-2004 or so.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Anna Moschovakis
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Gregory Ford
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Ryan Haley
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Matvei Yankelevich
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.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
End of lease for your space resulting in termination of activities or changing of priorities
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
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?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
A good part of our production from 1998 to the present is now at Delaware Univsersity, but not our "archive".
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Homes of private individuals who are or were part of the collective.
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 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
We would be very flexible but we would prefer to have the archive at a library that is interested in poetry, small press publishing, artists books, and the like. We are just not sure of when a library might want to acquire these archives and at what price, and what we would need to include, in order for it to be a complete collection. We are still a young organization, so maybe it makes sense to wait?
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Broadsides / Small Press
Commercially Published Materials
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other 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: 
11 - 20
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
1 - 10
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?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Other Paper-Based Cataloguing Records
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Spreadsheet [i.e. Excel]
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?: 
General Staff
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Inventory List
Electronic (Database, etc.)
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?: 
continue archiving
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
lack of time/staff
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
continue archiving
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
lack of funds
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
digitize/scan everything pertinent for our on-line "library" before it disappears
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$7,001 - $10,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$45,001 - $50,000
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?: 
Ugly Duckling Presse
Who executed this survey.: 
Matvei Yankelevich
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: