Maximum Effort: The ANS Moves to Varick Street

by Peter van Alfen and Alan Roche

Practice makes perfect, or so the saying goes. For the second time in four years, the ANS staff moved 12,000 trays of coins and over 100,000 volumes of books, plus all of the furniture, computers, supplies, and ancillary hardware that keep the Society up and running. While the previous move went smoothly, this move was a model of efficiency, planning, and hard work on the part of the entire staff. Here for your enjoyment are some photos from moving day.


Farewell to the Groves Building


The architects plan the new space


The NYPD stands guard as the collections leave 140 William Street


Curatorial Assistant Sylvia Karges takes stock of library duplicates for the auction


Jonathan Torn and Sylvia Karges survey the 450 crates containing the collections


Peter van Alfen, Rick Witschonke, and Taras Pevny plan the move


ANS Librarian Elizabeth Hahn readies the new library


Elena Stolyarik and Scott Young bring the collection home


Curator Robert Hoge wheels part of the collection into 75 Varick


Success! The end of a long, hard day