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The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection: Patronage and the Role of a Campus Sculpture Collection

AltaMira Press ePub

Evelyn Kiefer-Roulet

Assistant to the Director, The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, evelyn.kiefer@case.edu

Abstract     Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio is fortunate to be one of the few colleges and universities in the United States to have a permanent collection of world class sculpture. The thirty seven sculptures included in the John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection as of 2008 are situated in buildings and outdoor locations where they can be experienced casually as part of everyday life rather than bei ng located in a campus gallery or museum. This insures that campus sculpture en riches the learning environment for students, faculty, and visitors alike. All are works of 20th or 21st century sculpture, and because contemporary art can be intellectually challengi ng and controversial, such a collection is particularly appropriate to a learning environment for its ability to spark dialogue. The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection was created th rough the patronage of Peter Putnam. A generous but enigmatic arts patron, Peter Putnam was born in Cleveland and graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in physics.

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The Allure of the Archives

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Arlette Farge, translated by Thomas Scott-Railton

New Haven: Yale University Press. 2013. 152 pp. ISBN: 9780300176735

Reviewed by Matt Brennan, Ph.D candidate, Tulane University, Department of History, 6823 St. Charles Ave., 115 Hebert Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118; mbrenna2@tulane.edu

In her remarkable book The Allure of the Archives, first published in 1989 and now available in Thomas Scott-Railton’s fine English translation, Arlette Farge offers an incisive examination of the historian’s craft for researchers and archivists alike. Though rooted in her extensive experience using the judicial archives of eighteenth-century France, Farge’s deft blend of anecdote and analysis offers insight into the process of historical inquiry that transcends topical, temporal, and geographic boundaries. The Allure of the Archives thus illuminates the ways in which archives and archivists shape the strategies for viewing, organizing, questioning, and synthesizing materials that comprise the historical imagination. As Farge writes, “[t] he archive is an excess of meaning,” yet her handbook for research, interpretation, and writing successfully suggests the approaches by which historians uncover their understandings of the past from the archive’s sometimes overwhelming depths (31).

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A Step Further in the History of Protection of Romanian Heritage

AltaMira Press ePub

Andrea Bernath

Ph.D. Student at Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and Conservator at ASTRA National Museum Complex, Sibiu, Romania, www.muzeulastra.ro email: andrea.bernath@muzeulastra.ro and andreabernathgabriela@yahoo.com

Abstract Museums in Romania have cared for their cultural property for a long time. In recent years, however, conservation and protection of heritage has made major step changes and is following new directions. In this context, focus is shifting from restoration of objects to preventive conservation of collections. This is an important concept change in our country which has previously considered mostly treating individual objects as the first option for improving preservation of heritage.

In this regard, two important events brought to Romania were the International ICCROM Course Reducing Risk to Collections, as well as the Directions in Preventive Conservation international conference, both held in 2007 at ASTRA Museum in Sibiu. At the national level, they were meant to introduce the most recent knowledge in this field and to create a starting point for specialists to adopt or adapt new ideologies and strategies in their museums.

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Sticking Point History, Manufacturing Techniques, and Preservation of Decals

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Head, Conservation Services and Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, KS 66045; wbaker@ku.edu

Abstract Decals, also known as decalcomania or transfer prints, were invented in England and flourished between the 1850s and 1970s, although they are still used today. Applied to a wide variety of materials, they were used primarily for decoration, trademarking, and advertisement on many surfaces. The use of decals greatly speeded manufacture of many consumer goods and made them more affordable. Because decalcomania have not been widely studied in the context of collections management, this paper will discuss the invention and use of decals, categorize types of decals by printing and application methods to aid in identification, and describe preservation strategies for decals found in cultural heritage collections.

Designing and printing directly onto a manufacturer’s product is a simple task today, thanks to advancements in printing, graphic design, transfer, and computing that have enabled individuals to employ professional-level methods previously unavailable. Transferring a visual identity to another medium or form had been inconsistent, as handpainting was costly and lacked uniform results. As an improvement, transfers were developed in England and spread through much of Europe by the 1850s and to the United States by the 1860s.

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The Re-housing and Return of the Louisiana State Museum’s Collections

AltaMira Press ePub

Allison Mccloskey

Assistant Conservator of Textiles and Objects, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267; phone: 413-458-5741; fax: 413-458-2314; email: amccloskey@williamstownart.org

Abstract A team led by conservators from Williamstown Art Conservation Center prepared and moved collections from the Louisiana State Museum that had previously been evacuated to an off-site storage facility following Hurricane Katrina. From December 2007 through June 2008, team members documented, assessed, stabilized, and packed a wide variety of collections objects. These included musical instruments, records, archives from the Louisiana History Center, decorative arts, and science and technology artifacts. Housings that served for both transport and storage were made to reduce handling where possible. Modular systems including rolling carts and trays sized to be compatible with the storage shelving were implemented for efficiency. Cost-effective commercially available materials made of archivally sound materials were used where appropriate. Over 200,000 objects in all were moved into the improved storage areas.

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