A couple of months ago, the Museum decided it was time to begin exploring a program that would allow supporters to “adopt” items in the collections for restoration. While the details of this program are still in the works (museums often move slowly and deliberately on such things, and rightfully so), a call went out to staff to find objects to put up for “adoption”.
Naturally, I was interested in proposing some USS Monitor-related materials for this program, since I am the NOAA Project Archivist at the Library. So I went casting about for ideas. Thankfully, much of the Monitor-related material in the Library is in good shape, not in need of extensive restoration. But that didn’t help me in my search for items to submit for the program.