Collections Management Internship Presentation

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Oceania and Africa Collections management Internship. This is a presentation on the projects I worked on and the skills I acquired from my summer internship at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

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Collections Management Internship Presentation

  1. 1. Julie A. Kress<br />Summer 2009<br />Penn Museum Internship<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Adria Katz, <br />Oceania Keeper <br />Dwaune Latimer, <br />African Keeper <br />Oceania Collection: <br />Mid-19thcentury to now<br />22,000 objects &specimen <br />(mostly ethnographic) <br />- Pacific Islands (Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia)<br />& insular Southeast Asia & Australia<br />African Collection: 17th to 20th century<br />15,000 ethnographic & 5,000 archaeological objects<br />
  3. 3. Interns & Helpers<br />Rebecca Sha<br />Archives<br />YonahRinglestein<br />Oversaw volunteers<br />
  4. 4. Documentation & Cataloging<br />Transmittal Forms<br /> (Used for moving or relocating objects)<br /> Department Section<br /> Mover’s name<br /> Date moved<br /> Object # & Description<br /> Old & new location<br /> Required Argus entry date<br /> Copies (Keeper & Registrar)<br />Argus<br />-> Entries<br />->Clean-up on Fridays w/ Registrar, ChrissoBoulis<br />
  5. 5. Preservation 1st. <br />Gloves<br />Temperature <br />& Humidity<br />Security <br />Distilled Wet Wipes<br />
  6. 6. Preserving Mats<br />•Misted with distilled water <br />•Coaxed into laying with snakes<br />
  7. 7. Collections Storage<br />Mainwaring 407<br />Oceania Storage<br />Inventory<br />•Create an inventory form for both sections<br />•Documenting the location and objects found there<br />B27- Oceania & Africa Storage<br />
  8. 8. Processing Civic Center Objects<br />•Photograping<br />•Measurements<br />•Catalog card info. <br />•Samples<br />•Tagging & bagging<br />•Create new accession <br /> record in Argus<br />
  9. 9. Textile Row<br />Civic Center Museum Textiles<br />Old & new numbers<br />->matching inventory<br />Sorting for research<br />Wrapping & tagging<br />->sewn on tags<br />Sudanese Textile<br />
  10. 10. Tour<br />Came for suggestions on preservation and care of their collection<br />African Museum of Philadelphia curators & intern<br />
  11. 11. Civic Center Rejects<br />•Locating them<br />•Identifying them<br />•Offering them to other departments<br />•Bagging & tagging <br />•Assigning a temporary location in Argus<br />
  12. 12. Condition Reporting<br />(Gallery & Storage)<br />•An accounting of all the objects<br />•Condition of objects, cases, and gallery space<br />•Word document sent to exhibition department<br />•Condition report section in Argus <br />->Details on individual objects<br />
  13. 13. Mount Making<br />Training session with conservation<br />•Ethofoam •Polyethofoam<br />•board (1 & 2 layered) <br />•heat gun •box making <br />•glue gun<br />
  14. 14. The End!<br />

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