Subjects -> MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES (Total: 56 journals)
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Acervo : Revista do Arquivo Nacional     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae - Historia     Open Access  
Acta Museologica Lithuanica     Open Access  
AICCM Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
American Museum Novitates     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Archivalische Zeitschrift     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Archivaria     Open Access   (Followers: 36)
Archives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Archives and Manuscripts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59)
Archives and Museum Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 199)
Boletín Científico : Centro de Museos. Museo de Historia Natural     Open Access  
Bulletin of Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts. Series in Museology and Monumental Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Collections : A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Curator     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ICOFOM Study Series     Open Access  
Journal of Archival Organization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Curatorial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Jewish Identities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Museum Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal of the History of Collections     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of the Institute of Conservation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of the Society of Archivists     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Journal of the South African Society of Archivists     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
La Lettre de l’OCIM     Open Access  
Land Use Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Metropolitan Museum Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
MIDAS     Open Access  
Museologia & Interdisciplinaridade     Open Access  
Museum and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Museum Anthropology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Museum Anthropology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Museum History Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Museum International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Museum Management and Curatorship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Museum Worlds : Advances in Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Museums & Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Museums Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Nordisk Museologi : The Journal Nordic Museology     Open Access  
Norsk museumstidsskrift     Open Access  
RBM : A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Revista de Museología : Kóot     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista del Museo de Antropología     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista del Museo de La Plata     Open Access  
Sillogés     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
South African Museums Association Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Technè     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Technology and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Tejuelo : Revista de ANABAD Murcia     Open Access  
Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” (The Journal of “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Uncommon Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Μουσείο Μπενάκη     Open Access  
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Collections : A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals
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ISSN (Print) 1550-1906 - ISSN (Online) 2631-9667
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  • Introduction to Focus Issue “To Curate or Not to Curate: Surprises,
           Remorse, and Archaeological Grey Area”
    • Authors: Gwenn M. Gallenstein, S. Terry Childs
      Pages: 5 - 8
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 5-8, March 2021.

      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-03-01T04:50:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951543a
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Hidden Gems: Using Collections in Museums to Discover the Motivations of
           Collectors
    • Authors: Jan Freedman
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Motivations and drives for collecting have varied through time. From amassing as many examples of different species or artefacts in the sixteenth century to highlighting the importance and strength of the British Empire in the eighteenth century. General trends are seen across historic collections in museums. In an attempt to understand the motivations behind individual collectors, this paper reviews the lives of four mineral collectors from the collections in The Box, Plymouth: Sir John St. Aubyn (175801839), Colonel Sir William Serjeant (1857–1930), René Gallant (1906–1985), and Richard Barstow (1947–1986). Combined they acquired over 4,000 minerals, mostly from the South West of the British Isles. Through examining their lives and collections we may gain insight into their motivations, presenting an opportunity to exhibit new narrative and story-telling alongside the specimens, and in doing so, enriching the visitor experience.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-03-22T08:33:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190621998330
       
  • Humanistic Constructs: Creating Agency in a Natural History Museum
    • Authors: Patti Wood Finkle, Valerie Innella Maiers
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      It is every museum’s goal to make a difference in their visitors, whether to make them aware of a situation such as climate change, educate about a time period, or inspire visitors to think, to feel, and to observe the world around them. The Werner Wildlife Museum strives to provide visitors these opportunities for personal growth through humanities programming.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-03-22T08:33:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190621998332
       
  • Visualizing the Future of Collections: How to Make Data Visualization
           Accessible and Useful for Managing Collections and Museums
    • Authors: Jessica Mailhot
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Data are vital to collections—from managing their holdings to quantifying their impact. Data visualization can be a powerful asset for collections because it translates complex data into something intuitive. In recent years, data visualization (and dashboards specifically) has gradually been applied in collections for various tasks and audiences. However, this frontier is still new, and there are significant barriers making data visualization inaccessible for most collections, including time and resources, programming experience, training materials, and consistent examples. In this case study, I directly address these barriers by designing a suite of collection management dashboards using the free and user-friendly software Tableau Public and tutorials that explain how to use and customize the them. These resources were finalized with the input from a representative pool of the target audience. Everything is freely available online at http://www.CollVizDashboards.com. As museums continue to evolve, data visualization ought to be accessible to all collections.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-03-22T08:32:47Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190621998325
       
  • Collecting Pandemic Phenomena: Reflections on Rapid Response Collecting
           and the Art Museum
    • Authors: Sandro Debono
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Rapid Response Collecting has been a most apt methodology with which to document the COVID-19 pandemic for an increasing number of museums. As the phenomenon unfolded across the globe, museums searched for and head-hunted the truth-revealing objects that could tell the stories and histories of the present to current and future generations. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic took Rapid Response Collecting to a higher level. A methodology originally conceived for a sporadic phenomenon happening within a specific context during the early years of the 21st century gained much more traction almost overnight. This paper shall make a case for a better understanding of the potential use and application of Rapid Response Collecting by art museums. It shall look into the defining values of this collections development methodology and how these can be applied and adopted when acquiring works of art. In doing so, it shall seek to understand to what extent the mainstream version of Rapid Response Collecting can be adapted for the needs, purposes and requirements of the art museum.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-02-08T04:47:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980844
       
  • Archives in Neighborhood Businesses: A Case Study on Presence and
           Characteristics
    • Authors: Bradley J. Wiles
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses the potential role archives play in supporting commercial activity in everyday non-institutional settings. It is based around an exploratory case study of archives’ presence and characteristics in neighborhood bars and restaurants in a large Midwestern city. Using unobtrusive field observations and incorporating concepts and frameworks from the business and marketing psychology fields related to authenticity and nostalgia, the study offers insight into the decision-making processes around the use and value of archives, history, and heritage as a business strategy. The findings, based on observations and data gathering at select business locations, indicate extensive use of archival materials in a wide variety of visually engaging formats. The archival materials contribute to a history-informed aesthetic that gives each subject location a distinctive character. This study lays the groundwork for continued inquiry into business utilization and value of archives and recommends further research into the perceptions of business owners and customers on the role of archives in public commercial spaces.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T07:51:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620987837
       
  • A Journal of the Plague Year: Rapid-Response Archiving Meets the Pandemic
    • Authors: Mark Tebeau
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Pandemics challenge the foundations of social life, pushing us apart even as we yearn for human contact. A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 (JOTPY) emerged as effort by historians and archivists to document the current crisis. Rapid-response archival projects and two decades of digital archiving work, have provided the framework driving the development of JOTPY’s mission, including (among other things) a commitment to addressing the silences in traditional archives, collecting ethically, and developing robust metadata—a particular strength of JOTPY. Nonetheless, archiving pandemic nonetheless presents a distinctive problem that has suggested an altogether new type of rapid-response archive. More broadly, JOTPY is part of a global effort to document the pandemic and seeks to provide a useful model for other research teams involved in this important work.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T07:51:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620986550
       
  • Preservation of Cultural Heritage Materials at the University of
           Witwatersrand
    • Authors: Sidney Netshakhuma
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      This study assessed the preservation of cultural heritage materials in selected universities in South Africa with a view of recommending the best preservation method. Particularly, it examined the availability of a preservation policy at the University of Witwatersrand, the types and format of cultural heritage materials held by the University, the major preservation challenges facing the University and to make recommendations for the effective management and preservation of all materials held by the University. The study established that indeed there is a lack of a preservation policy and challenges with regards to the management of cultural heritage in South Africa.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T07:51:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620987838
       
  • With Plenty of Elbow Room: Planning New and Upgraded Spaces for Library
           and Archives Conservation and Audiovisual Preservation
    • Authors: Whitney Baker
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      In 2018, the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries upgraded from a tired, twenty-year-old basement space to a new, purpose-built conservation lab for library and archives collections. The new conservation lab, which is housed in the special collections and archives library, quadrupled available lab space for its conservators and fleet of student employees. The move afforded Conservation space in the same library as the most vulnerable collection materials. In addition, rooms in the special collections and archives library were repurposed for audiovisual (AV) preservation, creating two new spaces for film and video workflows and upgrading an existing small audio room. This paper will discuss the conservation and preservation lab construction literature and will serve as a practical exemplar of the challenges and successes of the planning process, including lessons learned and unexpected benefits.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-28T07:50:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620987840
       
  • Introduction to Focus Issue: Collections and COVID-19
    • Authors: Carrie Wieners Meyer
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-22T10:02:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620986547
       
  • The Lives Behind the Mesoamerican Archaeology Collection at the Museum of
           Vancouver
    • Authors: Cara Grace Tremain
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      The origin of the Museum of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, dates to the late nineteenth century—only a few years after the city was formally incorporated. Initially intended to showcase curios and items of interest, among the early donations were objects from various Mesoamerican cultures. Over the years the Mesoamerican archaeology collection grew not from a deliberate collecting strategy, but from chance donations by residents of the city. Not long after the re-focus to a civic museum the collection ceased to grow, and today the collection is consigned to the museum’s storage area. Despite not being of immediate relevance to the museum’s mission, the history of the collection reveals a fascinating insight into the lives of past Vancouver residents and demonstrates the utility of investigating the provenance of previously little-known collections.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-20T07:04:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620987839
       
  • Working Remotely, Working Effectively: Improving Collection Access During
           a Global Pandemic
    • Authors: Colleen Bradley-Sanders
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      This article looks at how one college archive responded to the shutdown of its campus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Archivist and Associate Archivist worked together to develop work assignments that could be done from home. While collection processing was halted, the tasks assigned to staff all aimed to improve informational access to the collections, through an expanded effort to convert PDF finding aids to EAD for placement in an ArchivesSpace site, a project to create a searchable listing of collections that includes a brief description of content and links to finding aids, and planning for digitization of frequently accessed content. The archive anticipates having plenty of work to keep staff working even if the campus shutdown continues in the spring, and to date has not had to cut any staff member.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-19T07:05:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980735
       
  • Participatory Description and Metadata Quality in Rapid Response Archives
    • Authors: Susan A. Barrett
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      This article describes the establishment of a participatory, rapid response archive, and an assessment of metadata quality applied by student curators between March and September 2020. A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 (JOTPY) was founded to document the COVID-19 pandemic, and is titled after Daniel Defoe’s 1722 book of the same name. As a participatory collection, A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 relies on a team of student curators to tag materials. This article summarizes an analysis of metadata tags, and describes strategies that improved the quantity and quality of metadata tags in the collection.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2021-01-18T08:14:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981038
       
  • Personal Note and Acknowledgments From Guest Editor
    • Authors: Gwenn M. Gallenstein
      Pages: 3 - 4
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 3-4, March 2021.

      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-11-19T03:06:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951543
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Field-Based Decisions on the Collection of Archaeological Materials:
           Monitoring and Ethics
    • Authors: Ellen Brennan
      Pages: 10 - 14
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 10-14, March 2021.
      Cultural resource managers are faced with increasing challenges regarding decisions to collect archaeological artifacts from site contexts. Increased visitation, information sharing through social media, and recreation contribute to challenges to preserving archaeological sites and the undisturbed artifacts they contain. Many National Park Service cultural resource managers and staff are directed to manage archaeological resources in-situ. To our tribal colleagues, archaeological sites and artifacts represent links to their oral histories and their ancestors. To others, artifacts provide insights to past ways of life and add an intangible and irreplaceable quality to archaeological sites. Under normal circumstances materials gathered during data recovery projects are curated as they should be. Grab-samples and artifacts from unexcavated archaeological contexts, that is surface collection, must be carefully evaluated prior to gathering archaeological materials, otherwise we run the risk of storing artifacts for decades that are not analyzed, curated, or used to further our knowledge about the past. This article presents a case study of how monitoring information and field-based decision-making guided the collection, but not the accession, of an archaeological artifact from an in-situ context.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-11-09T05:42:19Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951541
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • To Collect or Not to Collect, That is the Question. . . But
           Where’s the Point'
    • Authors: Ronald S. Krug, Peter J. Pilles
      Pages: 15 - 25
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 15-25, March 2021.
      Many land managing agencies have policies that forbid the collection of artifacts during archaeological survey and, even under controlled situations, collection is determined to be an “Adverse Effect” under Section 106 compliance interpretations of the National Historic Preservation Act. The main rationale is that removal destroys the contextual information of the artifact in relation to the rest of the site. This paper argues that such “non-collecting policies” are short-sighted and do not “protect” artifacts from unauthorized removal. In these days of technology, when sub-meter GPS instruments and other tools are available to pinpoint the location of artifacts, we submit that not collecting artifacts with important information potential is deleterious to interpreting the archaeological record. This point will be made by a case study from the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona that illustrates the excuse “if I don’t pick it up, someone else will,” is a correct assumption. Surface collections, properly documented, provide useful information that justifies their collection and curation for present-day and future research.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-26T10:23:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951538
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Please Put Them Back: A Non-NAGPRA Case of Reburial
    • Authors: Gwenn M. Gallenstein, Lisa M. Leap, Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa
      Pages: 26 - 34
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 26-34, March 2021.
      Wupatki National Monument archaeologists recently recovered artifacts from an exposed cist that were about to fall into a newly formed wash due to intensified downpours related to climate change. Monument staff worked with traditionally associated tribes to create an emergency excavation plan and a contingency for the reburial of cist contents should human remains be encountered. When no human remains were found, the Wupatki curator accessioned and cataloged the cist contents which included seven intact prehistoric pots. Because intact pottery is seldom found outside of a burial context, the monument and its Friend’s Group sought to place the items on display. However, when the Wupatki curator consulted with Hopi elders about the cist contents for the exhibit, she learned that what archaeologists thought to be a “pot cache” was something else entirely. The article discusses the events that led to the eventual “accession by mistake” process, the reburial of the cist contents, and the resulting lessons learned.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-26T10:20:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951525
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Competing Cultures: A New Age in Chaco Canyon
    • Authors: Wendy Bustard
      Pages: 35 - 44
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 35-44, March 2021.
      Chaco Culture National Historical Park was founded to protect and preserve the archaeological remains of a complex pre-Hispanic American Southwestern society. The 1987 celebration of the Harmonic Convergence in Chaco Canyon forced the park to re-examine its museum collection policies. A new cultural use of the park arose with modern “offerings” left in archaeological sites by non-Native visitors. At the same time, Native American descendant communities were finding their political voices and making themselves heard by federal land managers. Managing the physical manifestations of competing cultural uses has evolved over time at Chaco, in response to descendant communities, “New Age” practitioners, and researchers.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-19T05:28:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951537
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Archaeological Collecting at the Museum of Northern Arizona: From Past to
           Present
    • Authors: Elaine Hughes
      Pages: 46 - 53
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 46-53, March 2021.
      The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is a private institution yet an estimated 89 percent of its archaeological holdings are not owned by the museum. The story of how MNA acquired these collections is rooted in its founding in 1928 by a group of local citizens under the leadership of Dr. Harold S. and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and collaboration with J.C. Clarke, an amateur archaeologist and custodian of Wupatki National Monument. Dr. Colton encouraged local collectors to donate their prehistoric collections to MNA, but also conducted a systematic archaeological survey beginning in 1916 to document sites, often on federal land, in northern Arizona. There have been many policy changes by MNA since earlier days with the passage of laws that affirm federal ownership and Native American claims to archaeological resources from their lands. MNA also updated its policy and protocol for accepting archaeological materials from private entities and developed Native American partnerships for rehoming certain types of artifacts.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-19T12:04:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951531
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Remorseful Returns: What to Do With Returned Surface-Collected Items From
           National Park Service Units
    • Authors: Gwenn M. Gallenstein
      Pages: 54 - 67
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 54-67, March 2021.
      Surface-collected artifacts, and natural features for that matter, have been and are being stolen from public lands by visitors. Some are returned, often with remorseful letters. Most of the returned objects have vague to no provenience. The letters offer perspectives into why materials are stolen and then returned, although the primary focus of the paper is on what happens to the returned items and physical letters themselves at the park level. I examine the broad range of items being stolen from and returned to National Park Service units, with a focus on the southwestern United States, and discuss how objects are returned, when these returned items began to appear in parks, how they are recorded, and their ultimate disposition within the parks. Currently, there are no nationwide standards or guidelines for how to treat these materials.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-28T11:22:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951533
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • From Grandma’s Attic to Amnesty Programs: Adventures in Accessioning
           Archaeological Collections
    • Authors: Tracy L. Murphy
      Pages: 68 - 75
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 68-75, March 2021.
      Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum (the Center) located in Dolores, Colorado is a federal Bureau of Land Management curation facility for archaeological collections generated from permitted projects on public lands in southwest Colorado. As with many museums, the Center receives artifacts without contextual information that were collected without permits and transferred through a variety of sources like law enforcement actions. Numerous donation scenarios are provided. The curation of artifacts without provenience or contextual information can be difficult to justify because of high curation costs and limited space. However, the Center has identified and clarified the value of unprovenienced collections and found paths to provide public benefit through the application of Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management policy and guidance.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-30T06:37:14Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951524
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Recovering Looted Artifacts and the Art of Deciding What to Curate: The
           Cerberus Collection
    • Authors: Diana M. Barg, Emily S. Palus
      Pages: 76 - 89
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 76-89, March 2021.
      The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is steward to vast cultural resources across public lands and in museum collections. Like other land-managing agencies, its resource protection strategy includes Federal enforcement of cultural property laws. Between 2007 and 2013, a case code-named Operation: Cerberus Action recovered more than 100,000 objects, mainly consisting of artifacts from the American Southwest, through undercover operations, evidence gathering, seizure, and forfeiture. Prized by collectors and stockpiled as part of illicit ventures, most of the artifacts have little-to-no provenience. To address the immense quantity of material and best meet the public interest, the BLM developed a decision-tree with criteria to determine appropriate disposition options. This process involved three intensive phases: (1) identification; (2) return or repatriation; and (3) assessment of the remaining items to inform disposition based on specific criteria. In this third phase, artifacts are categorized for curation, education, conveyance to tribes beyond the scope of NAGPRA, another public use, or ultimately, destruction. This paper summarizes the case, addresses the legal foundations for determining ownership, presents the significance criteria for disposition, and concludes with a reflection on the opportunities and challenges of this endeavor, which may guide similar efforts in the future.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-11-11T09:56:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951530
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Deciding Whether to Accept or Decline Collections: Legal, Ethical, and
           Practical Considerations at the Arizona State Museum
    • Authors: Patrick D. Lyons
      Pages: 90 - 96
      Abstract: Collections, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 90-96, March 2021.
      The Arizona State Museum (ASM), at the University of Arizona, is required to accept collections recovered from state, county, and municipal lands in Arizona. In deciding whether to accept other collections, ASM personnel must consider each offer in the context of the institution’s legal mandates, the ethical principles that guide the fields of archaeology and museology, and the practical realities of space and funding. In this paper, the decision-making process at ASM is described and illustrated using examples of collections accepted and collections declined. ASM personnel strive for clarity and consistency in such processes by prioritizing optional acquisitions based on the institution’s mission, its collecting focus, a collection’s (or an object’s) research potential, and ASM’s ability to provide appropriate care and access in perpetuity.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-10-27T09:27:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620951542
      Issue No: Vol. 17, No. 1 (2020)
       
  • Our Metadata Problem and the Curation Crew Solution: Employing
           Non-Specialist Undergraduate Students in Data Remediation
    • Authors: Marissa C. Rhodes
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      This case study describes the challenges faced by A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 (JOTPY) in achieving metadata consistency despite the project’s success at capturing rich metadata for its nearly 10,000 objects. The problem of inconsistency was amplified by JOTPY’s model of shared authority and its status as a global curatorial consortium with dozens of partners. JOTPY was able to address this issue of metadata consistency by employing, training, and tasking hourly student curators called the Curation Crew. The Curation Crew underwent rigorous curatorial training and was, despite their lack of experience in archival curation, able to achieve an impressive level of curatorial consistency. They are now recognized as JOTPY’s greatest quality control assets and have even begun to, themselves, contribute to the development of best practices. In addition to their data-cleaning tasks, the Curation Crew also directs its labors toward recording their own thoughts and feelings by generating several submissions per week. As metadata consistency improves, the Curation Crew’s labor is being redirected toward a wider range of tasks such as oral history transcription and targeted collecting.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-29T11:57:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981040
       
  • Cultures of Two Worlds: Štefka Cobelj’s Contribution to the
           Establishment of Museum Collections in Slovenia and Somalia
    • Authors: Mira Petrovič
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Slovenian Štefka Cobelj (1923–1989) saw her work of an art historian and ethnologist as a calling, and dedicated her life entirely to it. She specialized in Baroque and Yugoslavian and international contemporary art, but was most passionate about world ethnology. As the director of the Ptuj museum in Slovenia, and later a museum consultant in Mogadishu in Somalia, she was involved in the creation of ethnology collections of national importance. On her numerous travels for both business and pleasure, she compiled a large personal collection of cultural, historical, and ethnological items. This article describes her contribution to the creation of collections in Ptuj and Mogadishu, and her personal heritage, which was bequeathed to the following Slovenian institutions: Celje Regional Museum, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor Regional Museum, Ivan Potrč Library Ptuj, and Ptuj-Ormož Regional Museum.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-24T07:39:07Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978220
       
  • Retaining Opportunities, Completing Key Projects with Remote Student
           Employees During COVID-19
    • Authors: Henry Handley, Kayla Harris
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      As the field of higher education began furloughs and layoffs to alleviate COVID-19 budget concerns, cultural heritage workers were directed to clearly demonstrate how their work contributes to institutions’ educational missions. Although physical library and archival collections were deemed inaccessible and less critical during the pandemic than ebooks, electronic journals, and digitized special collections, the two special collections projects considered in this case study demonstrate the value of continuing collections management work remotely and the relevance of student employees and other contingent workers in libraries and archives. The projects—one an inventory and bibliography of books acquired from a defunct religious library, and the other a review of digitized audio cassette tapes with little content information outside of the audio itself—enabled the retention of student workers facing few summer job opportunities and ineligibility for unemployment insurance, providing additional experience as well as compensation during an economic, as well as public health, crisis.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-23T07:22:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980732
       
  • An Overview of Axel Oxenstierna’s Correspondence in the National Library
           of Russia in St. Petersburg
    • Authors: Vladimir Shishkin
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses the contents of a collection formerly owned by Axel Oxenstierna (1583–1654) and now held by the National Library of Russia (St. Petersburg). This archive of the Chancellor of Sweden is particularly rich in diplomatic material as Oxenstierna led that country’s foreign policy during the final phase of the Thirty Years War (1618–1648). The context of this collection, the historical value of these documents, and a list of all the Chancellor’s correspondents, as well as of his own autographs are documented in this article.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-21T12:04:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978215
       
  • Stewardship and COVID-19: The Preservation of Human Experience
    • Authors: Tory Schendel
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      During the current COVID-19 pandemic, museums, archives, and historical organizations are actively collecting material documenting these unusual times. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is one of the institutions active in this contemporaneous collecting. While this type of collecting follows in the footsteps of previous local efforts to document atypical times, I am no longer of the opinion this type of collecting—rapid response—should be doctrine or an expectation for 21st century curators. This article addresses the importance of democratizing trends in the museum field and allowing the curator, or person taking on the responsibility of collecting, to evaluate if one is truly capable of pursuing this type of collecting.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-21T12:04:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981028
       
  • The End of Passive Collecting: The Role and Responsibility of Archivists
           in the COVID-19 Era
    • Authors: Elizabeth Mariano Mubarek
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this article argues that it is imperative that archivists be strongly attuned to current events, both locally and worldwide, so as to best serve their communities. Historic events should not necessarily be documented and recorded retroactively; rather, professional archivists have a responsibility to actively spearhead initiatives to collect contemporaneous documents, ephemera, and artifacts that record history as it is occurring, thus offering more personalized insights into the firsthand impact of significant events on daily life. Various institutions have already risen to this task and undertaken “rapid response collecting,” a relatively new method focused on immediate collecting during moments of extreme historical importance, which has gained considerable momentum throughout the course of the ongoing pandemic. Though the obstacles of collecting during a pandemic are numerous, as many archivists are working remotely or have limited access to physical collections, the benefits to future generations are invaluable.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-21T12:04:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980839
       
  • Preserving a Pandemic with Zoom: The National Nordic Museum’s
           COVID-19 Oral History Project
    • Authors: Leslie Anne Anderson, Alison C. DeRiemer
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      In April 2020, the National Nordic Museum (NNM) in Seattle launched an oral history initiative titled “A Pandemic Preserved: The COVID-19 Crisis in the Nordic Countries and the Pacific Northwest.” Utilizing the video conferencing platform Zoom, the NNM has collected the stories of individuals impacted by the coronavirus in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Washington state, the first reported epicenter in the United States. Augmenting an existing collection of more than 900 oral history interviews, “A Pandemic Preserved” privileges current perspectives of ongoing events over retrospection. With the consent of the participants, the recordings are made accessible to researchers through the Museum’s collection management system (CMS), as well as promoted periodically to a general audience through social media channels to foster online engagement during closure. This article will examine the project’s scope, execution, products, dissemination to academic and general audiences, and relation to the NNM’s existing oral history collection. It will also consider how a project that captures response to a global health crisis realizes the Museum’s collecting goals in comparative and area studies.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-21T12:04:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980837
       
  • Archive as Pedagogy: Oral History and a Journal of the Plague Year
    • Authors: Jason M. Kelly, John Horan
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      In March 2020, the COVID-19 Oral History Project, based at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), teamed up with A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 (JOTPY), based at Arizona State University to create and curate a series of oral histories focused on the lived experience of the pandemic. Among the results of this collaboration has been a focus on research-based pedagogy and learning for undergraduate students, graduate students, and the public at large. This pedagogical emphasis has both shaped the archive and has been shaped by the process of developing the archive.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-18T10:58:42Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981029
       
  • A Curiosity of Cabinets: Collections Care as Community Care
    • Authors: Adina Duke, Jacinta Johnson
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      As museum and library doors shuttered in response to COVID-19, digital portals opened new possibilities for centering collections as an antidote to social isolation. A joint effort between the University of Kansas’s (KU) Spencer Museum of Art and KU Libraries demonstrates how the constraints of physical distancing as a preventive health measure prompted the creation of a “hands-off,” yet interactive series of programs about preventive conservation strategies to apply to collections at home. The goal was to sustain a sense of community with Friends of the Museum and Friends of the Libraries by triangulating among institutional collections, examples from staff members’ homes, and the invitation for Friends to share their collections. As the series evolved with the pandemic, the role and messaging of collections care shifted as an act of community care. This article will discuss the process, challenges, and impact of this collaboration.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-16T04:01:41Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980838
       
  • These Stories Must Be Told: Preliminary Observations by a Black Scholar
           Practitioner on Silences in the Archive
    • Authors: Shonda Nicole Gladden
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      As a scholar practitioner, a trained philosophical theologian, Methodist clergywoman, and social enterprise founder who is conducting oral histories as part of my doctoral internship in the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, my scholarly lens and methodological skills are being defined as I interrogate the COVID-19 archive. In this article I attempt to offer some preliminary reflections on my oral history curation focused on how Black and brown artists and activists, primarily based in Indianapolis, IN, frame their lived experiences of death, dying, mourning, and bereavement in the wake of COVID-19 utilizing critical archival practices: those practices that take seriously the methods of critical race theory, critical gender theory, Womanist, mujerista, and feminist methodologies, to name a few. The COVID-19 archive is a collection of oral histories, stories and artifacts depicting the times in which we are living, through the lenses of storytellers grappling with the pandemics of systemic racism, COVID-19, distrust in government, and various relics representing the idea of the United States of America in 2020, as such, I conclude with a brief exploration of how art emerges as both an outlet for creators and a mode of illumination for consumers.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-15T06:26:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981033
       
  • A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 as a Community of
           Practice
    • Authors: Erin Craft
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      With the onset of COVID-19 in the Spring of 2020, my graduate school experience changed abruptly. That disruption, however, led to my involvement in the creation and implementation of the digital archive A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 (JOTPY). In this article, I describe the creation of both the archive and the community of practice that developed, and how that community of practice upended traditional models found within higher education. I also describe the processes that created a space within the archive for educators to use, both as a repository and teaching tool. These processes could then be replicated to serve other needs, such as creating a space for museums, creating exhibits or creating a page within JOTPY to highlight a group. By framing the work of A Journal of the Plague Year as a community of practice, I show how the community worked toward shared goals while learning from each other along the way to create a rapid-response, online digital collection during a worldwide pandemic.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-15T06:19:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981042
       
  • Collecting COVID at the California State University: Shared Approaches,
           Divergent Implementations
    • Authors: Sean D. Visintainer, April W. Feldman, Pamela Nett Kruger, Christopher B. Livingston
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      COVID-19 is a paradigm-shattering development which will have far-ranging effects, many still unforeseen and unanticipated. Community collecting initiatives provide insight and local-level perspectives to momentous events. Examined with other institutions’ holdings, these collecting initiatives illustrate larger trends and allow for a comparative look at reflections and reactions toward historic happenings like the ongoing pandemic. When the virus first spread, rapid-response collection was at the foremost thoughts of many California State University (CSU) archivists. Thankfully, the CSU’s 23 campuses have a robust community of archival practice, called the CSU Archives and Archivists Roundtable (CSUAAR). CSU archivists engaged each other promptly by conversing, collaborating, supporting, and sharing. We will discuss the community of practice at the CSU, highlight how the CSUAAR facilitated projects and developed some shared approaches to collecting efforts, and illustrate three different rapid-response collecting projects developed at the university level (CSU Bakersfield, CSU Northridge, and CSU San Marcos).
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-15T06:18:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980733
       
  • Development and Implementation of a Phased Framework for Collecting the
           COVID-19 Virus Material at a Medical University
    • Authors: DiAnna Hemsath
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      As national leaders in infectious disease outbreaks, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its hospital partner Nebraska Medicine monitored and treated COVID-19 patients, starting with evacuees from Wuhan, China in February 2020. To document UNMC’s institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and future outbreaks or pandemics, UNMC’s McGoogan Health Sciences Library Special Collections and Archives (SCA) Department faculty quickly established an archival collecting strategy to create a broad documentation package with multiple collecting phases. The initial phase included a contemporaneous response for digital collecting, timeline creation, and community collecting, followed by later collecting of personal papers, artifacts, and oral histories from key players who are also front-line workers. The combined collecting approach ensured early digital content preservation, captured public momentum, and provided the structure for longer-term collecting, after time for healing and relationship-building with prospective donors.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-15T05:59:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980406
       
  • Curating COVID-19: A Digital Internship in a Rapid Response Archive
    • Authors: Kathleen Kole de Peralta
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      In May 2020, Arizona State University’s history department offered its first remote, digital internship to graduate students. Students completed a 180-hour internship between May and August 2020. The internship involved weekly meetings, curation, collecting, journaling, and marketing. Over the summer, the interns worked to identify a silence in the archive and address it by creating a collection plan targeting the perceived silence. The interns drew on their own networks to build the collection, created a collection plan, conducted oral history interviews, wrote a blog post, and completed a final portfolio.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-15T05:28:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981035
       
  • Book Review: Museum Diplomacy: Transnational Public History and the U.S.
           Department of State, by Richard Harker
    • Authors: Chelsea Haines
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-14T11:26:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978736
       
  • Collecting COVID-19: Documenting the CDC Response
    • Authors: Heather E. Rodriguez
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered perceptions of the role of public health in our lives. In the U.S., the activities of federal and state public health agencies have dominated national conversations. Whether discussing testing, debating the use of cloth face coverings in public, or examining the work done to alleviate disease burden among minority communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sits at the center of these debates.In March 2020, the David J. Sencer CDC Museum assembled a team of archivists and curators to collect material to document CDC’s response. Since the beginning of the pandemic, CDC’s response has been entangled in the political and social aspects of the pandemic. To reflect this, the CDC Museums’ COVID-19 Collection Project team has addressed which artifacts would be considered, opening the collection to include materials that reflect the dynamic social environment in which CDC operates.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-14T11:11:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980411
       
  • Surviving, Learning, and Striving in the Times of Pandemic: Teaching With
           A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19 (JOTPY)
    • Authors: Cheryl Jiménez Frei, Shane Carlson
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      With the onset of COVID-19, spring 2020 proved difficult for teachers and students everywhere. But amid the challenges of online and hybrid education, incorporating A Journal of the Plague Year: a COVID-19 Archive (JOTPY) into classrooms provided students a unique and impactful learning experience, while also helping them process the anxieties and uncertainties of the pandemic. In this article, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) Cheryl Jiménez Frei shares insights and best practices for teaching with JOTPY, and a model incorporating the archive across multidisciplinary courses to address archival silences. Beyond the university, JOTPY can be a valuable pedagogical tool for elementary, middle, and high-school teachers during the pandemic. To examine this, in the article’s second half, UWEC public history graduate student and high-school teacher for the Eau Claire Area School District Shane Carlson shares his reflections on contributing to the archive as a student, strategies bringing JOTPY into his own teaching, and the results of elementary teachers also doing so in rural Wisconsin.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-14T11:09:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620981031
       
  • Beyond Window Rainbows: Collecting Children’s Culture in the COVID
           Crisis
    • Authors: Monica Eileen Patterson, Rebecca Friend
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      As COVID-19 dramatically alters the museum sector, museums and archives are implementing collection initiatives that will have tremendous influence over how the pandemic is understood and remembered. As collections experts, museums are leading the charge to document, collect, and interpret our current circumstances as they unfold in real time, relying more than ever on public participation and crowd-sourcing. A key development in such rapid-response collecting has been the interest in and solicitation of contributions that document the current crisis. Yet, initiatives that target young people remain few and far between, and often reproduce romanticized and reified understandings of children and childhood that reflect a longer history of excluding children’s voices from museum collections and society at large. This paper will explore museums’ collection of children’s culture in various forms with attention to the epistemological and ethical challenges that such initiatives entail. We argue that children are crucial citizens whose knowledge, perspectives, and experiences must be collected and preserved during this historic moment and beyond, in ways that attend to the particular circumstances they face as multiply marginalized museum constituents and members of society.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-14T11:09:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620980836
       
  • Preservation Not Paralysis: Reflections on Launching a Born-Digital
           Preservation Program
    • Authors: Kyna Herzinger, Caroline Daniels, Heather Fox
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Born-digital materials are fleeting and fragile, yet digital preservation has been a challenge with its evolving methods and technical requirements. Added to this, many libraries, archives, and museums lack broad capacity to preserve born-digital materials with confidence. This case study offers an example of how one minimally resourced public university navigated the landscape to establish a born-digital preservation program. It distills the immense literature into practical, manageable actions while utilizing limited resources to meet feasible goals. In recognizing the hurdles that can keep an institution from taking steps to establish a digital preservation program, this case study seeks to empower librarians, archivists, and museum professionals as it traces a process that can serve as a foundation for maintaining and incrementally growing a robust digital preservation program.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-11T09:52:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978221
       
  • Playing Well With Others: Exhibitions, Collaborations, and Lessons Learned
    • Authors: Alan Munshower, Leigh McWhite, Lauren Rogers, Greg Johnson, Jennifer Ford
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.
      Over the last several decades, Archives & Special Collections at the University of Mississippi has worked on exhibitions with several regional and on-campus partners. These types of collaborations between libraries, archives, museums, and others provide important insight into the need for such joint projects, especially in an era of tighter budgets, smaller staff sizes, technological advancements, and evolving user expectations. This article describes a selection of these endeavors and a compilation of benefits as well as lessons learned that are derived from the department’s experience and a more formal solicitation of assessment from partners.
      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-11T09:52:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978217
       
  • Book Review: Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age, edited by Natalia
           Grincheva
    • Authors: Blaire M. Moskowitz
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-09T09:31:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978216
       
  • Book Review: Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage, edited by Lisa
           Elkin and Christopher A. Norris
    • Authors: Dee Stubbs-Lee
      Abstract: Collections, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Collections
      PubDate: 2020-12-09T09:29:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1550190620978214
       
 
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