Factors Relating to the National Curation Crisis: A View from Fort Lewis College.

Springmeyer, Baley (2014) Factors Relating to the National Curation Crisis: A View from Fort Lewis College. [Abstract]

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In this study I examine the causes of a national curation crisis that results, among other things, in the inability to care well for artifact collections, particularly in college and university museum repositories. The research I conducted was based on two sets of data. First, I conducted a survey-based pilot study given to staff associated with collection management at other institutions. Second, I conducted a participant observation-based case study of the archaeological collections housed in the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. I conclude that some possible factors contributing to the curation crisis are 1) a lack of proper research design before archaeological excavations take place; 2) an emphasis on archaeological practice to the detriment of that of conservation; 3) the emergence of the cultural resource management field in response to a plethora of national and state laws; and 4) a separation between personnel involved in caring for cultural resources, such as archaeological and museum professionals and the ever dwindling staff who carry out necessary work. Finally I propose a few recommendations regarding how we might deal with the curation process, at least at the local level.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Uncontrolled Keywords: curation crisis
Subjects: Undergrad Research Symposium > Anthropology
Undergrad Research Symposium
Depositing User: Baley Springmeyer
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 19:02
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 19:02
URI: http://fortworks.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/568

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