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Expert Profile


Benjamin Melgard


He, Him, His



Full or Part-time

Position Type:



United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Exhibits development, Grants/Foundational Giving, Operations, Partnerships, Project Management, Research & Evaluation

Researched, photographed, labeled and archivally stored the entire department’s historical collection

Developed a cataloging system for the department’s 300+ item historical collection, based on a trinomial accession number
Wrote a Plan of Collections and Collection Policy/Mission Statement with a committee made up of Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officers, local historians and other VPD personnel

Worked with a computer programmer to design, implement, and refine a custom historical collection database on Microsoft Access
Researched archival best practices and adapted these to the department’s situation, reorganized the entire collection

Developed and implemented procedures for taking in and disposing of items of the collection(Donations/Deaccessions)
Researched and implemented a monitoring system and protocol to track humidity and temperature in collection storage areas and displays

Met with and accepted donations from local citizens with local law enforcement connections
Researched, wrote and designed labels for 22 previous unlabeled and undated historical photographs on display at two department locations

Performed extensive and far reaching historical research on the department that included interviews, emails, meetings with current and former officers and staff, members of the public, with the Washington State Archives staff and local historians Pat Jollota and John Gentry along with hours of microfilm and library research,

Areas of research included VPD unit history, badge and uniform design development, history of women and people of color in the department, notable crimes, award design, and Chief of Police chronology
Mentored college intern

Assisted with grant application for the department’s successful award of $6826 from the City of Vancouver Culture, Arts & Heritage Grant

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