My digital archive & exhibit are about the Chico Mendez Mural Garden which was located on the Lower East Side from 1992 – 1997. The collection I’m getting material from is from the Fales Library & Special Collection.
Because the collection is so recent, being in touch with the rights holder has been a valuable source of information. I am sure it isn’t like this in all cases, but it seems like promoting the information contained in a collection probably excites the donors of that collection. After all, that was probably their intention in donating a collection to an archive in the first place, for users! Anyway, my contact with the rights holder has been very positive. He’s suggested the names and contact information for other people who may have resources I’d like to use, invited me to participate in community events regarding garden activism, wants to link our site to his site, and pointed me in the direction of other web resources to use as well. This information really enriches my research. Not just that but I feel I could contact him with questions about the collection and the events it records. I am categorizing this post as how-to because it is definitely a great way to extend your research possibilities.