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Museum Registration Methods, Fifth Edition

Collections Altamira Press ePub

by Rebecca A. Buck and Jean Allman Gilmore, Washington, D.C., The AAM Press. 2010.516 pp. ISBN 978-1-933253-15-2

Reviewed by Deborah Rose Van Horn, Registrar, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601; email: deborah.vanhorn@ky.gov

Like many of my colleagues, I was first introduced to the book Museum Registration Methods while I was a graduate student in a museum studies program. Of course, the book was the fourth edition known as, The New Museum Registration Methods. It soon became one of the books I would repeatedly turn to in my studies and while researching my thesis. As I moved into the museum community, I returned to the text to answer questions that arose in my work. I also used it to refresh my memory on procedures for tasks I encountered for the first time on the job. When I learned that the new version, Museum Registration Methods, Fifth Edition (MRM5), was coming out, I found myself both looking forward to reading the text and dreading it. After all, I had been out of graduate school for almost a decade. I wondered if I would have to relearn a number of tasks that I did without questioning whether or not I was using the proper procedure.

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List of Acronyms

Collections ePub

Emily Clark and Greg Lambousy

The aim of this special issue A Note from the Guest Editors of Collections is twofold. It exploits the potential of Louisiana’s colonial documents to illuminate some of the rewards and challenges of the Atlantic World paradigm—a relatively recent way of researching, writing and thinking about the era that began when Europe, Africa, and the Americas encountered one another and were drawn into dynamic currents of economic, cultural, and political exchange between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Atlantic World gave birth to the transatlantic slave trade, the Columbian Exchange, and racial hierarchies. It ended with the abolition of slavery and the spasm of rebellions against European power marked by the American and Haitian Revolutions and Latin American independence movements. The Atlantic World was a transnational phenomenon, and although it overlaps what represented the colonial period for much of North America, its history is not easily told from the perspective of any one of the major colonial European powers that exercised sovereignty there. For this reason, the colonial records of Louisiana, which was held by both France and Spain, offer a particularly illuminating case study of the legacies of the Atlantic World in American archives. An ambitious project, undertaken by the Louisiana State Museum, to digitize these records has drawn renewed attention to their importance and their potential to contribute substantially to the growing field of Atlantic history. (This project is scheduled for completion in 2016.)

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Risk Analysis and Sustainability Identifying and Mitigating Risk in Mechanical System Shutdown Research

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Jeremy R. Linden

Preservation Environment Specialist, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, 70 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604; email: jrlpph@rit.edu

James M. Reilly

Director, Image Permanence Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, 70 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604; email: jmrpph@rit.edu

Peter H. Herzog

Partner, Herzog/Wheeler & Associates, LLP, 2183 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN55105-1051; email: Peter-Herzog@msn.com

Abstract Strategic equipment shutdowns are common strategies for saving energy in buildings during unoccupied times. The Image Permanence Institute is testing whether it is possible to significantly reduce energy usage in libraries and other cultural institutions through carefully monitored and risk-managed shutdowns of air-handling units during unoccupied hours in select spaces without compromising the quality of the preservation environment. This paper concentrates on the identification and mitigation of risks and the decision-making process related to experimental shutdown procedures in the currently in-progress three-year project, federally funded in the United States by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Potential risk factors are identified for candidate spaces and shutdown procedures, options for qualitative and quantitative analyses are presented, and potential benefits in both preservation quality and energy savings are described.

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Provenance: Not the Problem (The Solution): Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative

Collections Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub


Jane C. Milosch

Smithsonian Institution

Project Overview In 2008, the Smithsonian expanded its commitment to World War II-era provenance research on works of art. The Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (SPRI) was founded, as an institution-wide project, with the goal of enabling such research at all Smithsonian museums and in order to clarify questions concerning gaps in ownership history, transfer of ownership, and unlawful appropriation. The SPRI director matches provenance specialists with curators and collection managers; together they create proactive plans that are both realistic and long-term. Factors they consider in setting research priorities include existing collections, future acquisitions, publications, exhibition preparation, and incoming and outgoing loans. Currently the SPRI is focused on Asian art and decorative arts—emerging fields of study in WWII-era collecting.

Given the Smithsonian’s mandate for broad service to the arts, SPRI also promotes provenance research beyond the Smithsonian’s own museums and archives. Through scholarly exchange in the United States and Europe—symposia, publications, online resources, and training programs for established and emerging professionals—SPRI fosters partnerships with other institutions that speed up the work and often lead to new findings. SPRI shares its research findings as widely as possible to increase the public’s access to collections.

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The Development and Use of Digital Spatial and Relational Databases Analysis of Depression-Era Archaeological Collections from the Lower Tennessee Valley of Western Tennessee

Collections Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., 119 West Summit Hill Dr., 2nd Floor, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902; tbisset1@vols.utk.edu

Abstract This article presents a case study in the application of modern digital database and analytic technologies to historic archaeological museum collections and archival documents from excavations in the lower Tennessee Valley during the Great Depression. Differences in the quality and types of data collected during that period, in contrast to more modern work, have led many researchers to view these collections (and others of similar antiquity and provenience) as inadequate for new research, contributing to substantial neglect. However, these materials constitute the primary source of information about the prehistoric occupation of the lower Tennessee Valley, because that region is no longer accessible for field work. The integration of these collections and their associated documentation into modern, accessible formats is critical to enabling future research. This paper describes efforts to transform these archaeological collections and documentation into integrated relational geospatial databases, and the use of those databases to address current research questions.

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