The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation.
The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation.
The examination informed the treatment proposal, which outlined the steps I intended to take to conserve the object.
For this particular box, there were local areas of unstable paint and scattered losses to the paint, varnish, and ground layers.
In January 1991, the FBI purchased 986 acres of land in Clarksburg, West Virginia on which to construct the home of the CJIS Division.
Construction started in October 1991 and was completed in July 1995, on time and under budget.
The dance card for this case is made of two panels of thinly-sawn ivory held together with a copper alloy pin.
The box is made from thin wooden panels joined at the corners.
Constructed in a modular design, this building is nearly the length of three football fields.
In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics.
Today, four annual publications, Crime in the United States, are produced from data received from over 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to conserve the dance card box for the exhibit . It encompasses examination, documentation, material testing, scientific analysis, treatment, condition assessment, ethical considerations, and curatorial input.
Each object has a unique history, method of manufacture, and condition.
One charming gem of the collection is a dance card box complete with an ivory card reading “Kiss me darling.” The wooden box was colorfully painted with two balloons over countryside landscapes.
It is also one of my favorite pieces in the exhibit! Each lady had a dance card and gentlemen would “sign up” for a specific dance with her by writing his name on her dance card.
With this object, the curator wanted to preserve the appearance of age while reducing the visibility of the damages.
I started my examination of the object with before-treatment photographs and documentation of the the pre-treatment condition in a report.
In support of this initiative, the FBI is currently managing the UCR Technical Refresh.
The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, or CJIS, is a high-tech hub in the hills of West Virginia that provides a range of state of-the-art tools and services to law enforcement, national security and intelligence community partners, and the general public.