The Floating Hospital Archives Project
The Floating Hospital Archives Project was conducted as part of the Citi Center for Culture + Queens Library Fellowship program from September 2016-May 2017. At the time, The Floating Hospital, founded in 1866, had just celebrated 150 years of providing free healthcare services to the homeless and other medically underserved populations. The goal of the project was to take the first steps to ensure the long-term preservation of the Archives and to create interest in the Floating Hospital’s long history of charity.
The fellows wrote a preservation assessment for The Floating Hospital’s archives, which included actionable steps that The Floating Hospital’s staff could take to preserve the archives. In addition to the assessment, the fellows created an exhibition featuring the archives, entitled “A Legacy of Caring — The Floating Hospital, 1866-2017”. The exhibition was made for a general audience. Its aim was to educate visitors and, hopefully, inspire them to support The Floating Hospital. It was spread across six large exhibit cases in the rotunda of the Citi Building. Three of the cases provided information about the history of The Floating Hospital and the three other cases provided information about the services that the charity provides today.
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