About the Michael Sand Archives
Michael amassed a vast archive dating back to the early '60s (client files, print collateral, project samples, street photography), covering decades of museum exhibits, design history, cultural and political history, Boston city government, and more. The archives are currently managed by Jess Sand and Zoe Donahue, Michael's daughters. Our long-term goal is to get this collection online and publicly accessible via this site.
The physical files consist of about 75 linear feet. They're currently in storage in Massachusetts, and undigitized. If you or someone you know might be interested in housing the files or assisting with digitzation, please get in touch.
In the meantime, we're slowly but steadily cataloging more than 14,000 digital images that Michael converted from his slides several years before his death. These images depict many of his projects, associates, and other subjects. We believe there may be even more undigitized slides in the physical archives.
At last count, known images span approximately 50 clients (give or take a dozen image sets that may or may not be client work), and 128 individual projects.
Gathering accurate records
Not all of the images in the archives represent work done by Michael. If you see project photos that you recognize or were part of (or if you feel you have a copyright claim on any of the images), please consider sending us any details you can.
About the website
The site itself is produced by Jess (Michael's youngest daughter), with extremely limited knowledge of front-end coding and using as many open source tools as possible:
- The timeline on the home page is built using Timeline.js.
- The archives run on Omeka, a platform designed with the archives and museum fields in mind. We've integrated many Omeka plugins contributed by various teams, and adapted the Avant Garde theme originally designed by Emedara Studios.
Visit Jess' blog to read more about how she got started with the project.