CAPES Spotlight

To mark the 50th anniversary of the New Jersey Historical Commission and emphasize the significant work of history organizations and programs across the state, we asked our FY2017 and FY2018 grant recipients to submit a short narrative and photos describing the impact of NJHC funding. Each week until the end of our fiscal year in June, we will post a spotlight featuring the responses of our grant recipients. Whether NJHC support contributed to general operating, a brand new exhibit, an engaging education program or the restoration of a historic object, it’s truly amazing to see what New Jersey’s history organizations, libraries, and individuals have to offer.

This week we spotlight the New Jersey Caucus of MARAC and the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (C.A.P.E.S.):

C.A.P.E.S. to the Rescue in New Jersey!

Since 1989, the New Jersey Caucus of MARAC, in partnership with the New Jersey Historical Commission, has offered Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (C.A.P.E.S.) surveys to more than 500 schools, churches, colleges, historical societies, public libraries and medical centers.  Collections must be open to the public and relate to New Jersey history.  Utilizing a proprietary template the following topics are reviewed; environmental conditions of the overall facility and storage rooms, fire and security protection, the proper housing and shelving of materials, budget and history of the institution, arrangement and description of the materials, and development of policies and procedures.  The poster showed how C.A.P.E .S. has assisted institutions across the Garden State to better care for their archival collections. For more information about C.A.P.E.S, please contact Frederic C. Pachman, C.A.P.E.S. Coordinator at


Photo & Caption: CAPES Consultant Elsalyn Palmisano and CAPES Coordinator Frederic Pachman present the poster session during the MidAtlantic Regional Archives Conference meeting in Newark, April 2017.

For questions about NJHC Grantee Spotlights, please contact Greer Luce, Communications Officer, at 609-633-0776 or


About the New Jersey Historical Commission

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.