Request for Proposals: History Museum Cataloging Project 

The Haverhill Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, invites proposals from consultants with expertise in inventorying and cataloging history museum collections.

Founded in 1763, the Town of Haverhill (pop. 4700) is located in rural Grafton County, New Hampshire on the Connecticut River. Historically an important transportation hub, it is the home of the 1829 Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge, one of the oldest in the country, and the original home of the Pike Manufacturing Company, once the largest producer of whetstones in the world. The Haverhill Corner Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was featured in the December 2004 issue of The Magazine Antiques.

The Haverhill Historical Society was founded in 1967 by a former executive director of the New Hampshire Historical Society. The Society has steadily built a collection through donation and purchase, but it currently possesses no inventory or catalog of its holdings. The Society seeks to catalog its collection in preparation for the opening of a new museum in a renovated historic building. The collection, consisting of furniture, paintings, books, textiles, ephemera and other materials, is currently scattered across several temporary storage locations.

Scope of Work 
We seek a professional who can:
  • cooperate with our volunteer board to raise grant funds for a cataloging project; 
  • inventory and catalog our collection; 
  • advise our board on suitable software, collection maintenance, and accession / deaccession policies. 

Project Timeline 
Projected completion date: December 2015.

Proposals Due
June 1, 2014

For more information, contact:
Edith Celley

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