Collections on the Move

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Registration Inventory Volunteers at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

This summer, the Registration team at the Museum is inventorying and photographing an estimated 10,000 textiles and 12,000 baskets.  Since June 2014, four volunteers and three interns have lent their talents and time (over 300 hours!) to the Museum with the systematic inventory and photography of the collections. Collectively, the team has inventoried over 17,500 artifacts and taken 4,500 photographs. 

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Moving Archaeology Towards the Future

The Process: Part 1 - Object Rehousing

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Volunteer Appreciation

 

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Conservation on the Move

The move conservation staff works to ensure that objects make it through the relocation process safely, and that move-related activities align with the goal of long-term preservation of the collections. Since moving 1.7 million (!) objects requires a coordinated team approach, the conservators work very closely with our colleagues, including collections managers, registrars, preparators, the photographer, professional art handlers, work study assistants, and volunteers.

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Superstar!

Today we are introducing you to another of our shining stars on the Archaeology move, Chelsea Thommes. Chelsea started volunteering with us in August 2012 and we haven’t been able to get rid of her since. In fact, over the breaks when most students scatter for home and surfing beaches, Chelsea has been known to put in even more volunteer hours!

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If These Walls Could Talk...Oh Wait, They Can!

Today, Collections Operations Watchdog (COW) takes you behind the scenes for a very exclusive interview with one of the unsung heroes of the museum. While many of our bloggers focus on objects and staff members, nobody seems to be talking about the very brick and mortar that holds this institution together. This week, we had the honor to speak with one of the core members of the infrastructure: Kroeber 20A Mezzanine Banister.

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The COW Report

There are three new employees working in the bowels of Kroeber. At first glance, their pasts may seem benign, but further research has brought some more interesting facts to light.

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What We Do and How We Do It - Part 3 - Checklists

In Part 1 and Part 2 of ‘Organizing the Move’ we looked at the overall process and steps we are taking during th

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What We Do and How We Do It - Part 2 - Floorplans

In Part 1 of ‘Organizing the Move’ we looked at the overall process and steps we were taking to ensure a safe and successful move experience. With this and future posts we will delve a little further into the various organizational and motivational tools we are using as well as exploring in detail the different stages of artifact processing leading up to the move. Today, in Part 2 we will look at one of the organizational tools that help to keep everyone up-to-date on the progress of the move.

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