The Wayside Inn Welcomes Jill Conley as Archivist & Online Collections Curator
SUDBURY, MA -- The Wayside Inn Foundation is pleased to welcome Jill Conley as the new Archivist and Online Collections Curator. Ms. Conley will take The Wayside Inn’s existing paper-based records and develop a cohesive cataloging system within a new web-based database. Items will be photographed and digitized in the process. Restructuring the archives has long been a priority for The Wayside Inn, but the need was never more apparent until the pandemic, when access to records was logistically difficult while people stayed home and when working closely with the collection posed distancing issues for researchers and staff. With digital collections there are greater opportunities to create online exhibitions and virtual programming. So, once these are in place, The Wayside Inn expects to offer more broad-ranging educational opportunities. “Jill has an enormous task ahead,” said Nonprofit Director Sally Hild. “Not only will she reorganize the archives to allow better access to our resources, but all of the objects housed at our historic structures will also be inventoried, which amounts to quite a lot of items. We are thrilled to have Jill working with us on a part-time basis, and with her proven experience we know she will meet this challenge,” said Hild. Currently serving as Registrar and Collections Manager at Revolutionary Spaces in Boston, (comprising the collections of Old State House and Old South Meeting House) Ms. Conley has done this very work defining long-range planning, developing collections management and use policies, organizing exhibitions, and overseeing preservation and conservation of the collections as well. Other institutions where she has worked with collections and visitor services include The Bostonian Society, Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Heritage Museums & Gardens, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Ms. Conley holds a Master of Science in Library & Information Science with a concentration on archives from Simmons College, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School, and double-majored in Anthropology and US History and minored in Art History for her Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin & Marshall College. As she explains it, her education, “forged a love of objects and their importance to understanding the world and its cultures. Having experience working with visitors as well as collections themselves gives an important perspective on how museum collections are appreciated and used by a variety of audiences.” The Wayside Inn invites the community follow our social media channels for news about special findings within our collections as the archives digitizing project progresses.
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