Collections on the Move

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Objects please wait in line for photography

Objects are lining up and waiting for their moment in the lights!  The photography studio for the Hearst Ethnographic Move project is designed to accommodate a fast flow of diverse objects coming through on their way to packing. Diverse is an understatement, as we’ve had everything from tiny ancient Greek coins about a centimeter across to a 9 1/2 foot tall Maori house post! Each type of object needs its own type of photographic set-up, but the method and workflow we use for them stays the same. 

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Former Gym Denizen

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Paige Walker, another of our fantastic volunteers on the Archaeology move. Until last month, Paige was a U.C. Berkeley senior, majoring in Art History with a focus on Medieval books. She joined the Museum in June 2011 when she began volunteering for the Arizona Perishables Rehousing Project. This project involved inventory, rehousing, and photography of sandals, basketry fragments, cordage, and clothing that was recovered from various localities in Arizona.

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Museum Registration: Tracking the Move

The Registration Department’s role in the transformation of the Hearst Museum is to track the movement of collections while improving the accuracy of object information.  With several of the Museum’s collections moving to off-site storage facilities, it is Registration’s responsibility, along with the Collections Management Department, to ensure that objects leaving the UC Berkeley campus arrive safely in their new homes and that these movements are tracked and recorded appropriately.  With recent upgrades to the Hearst Museum’s record-keeping systems, including the implementation of barcod

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Another Gym Denizen

 

Today we would like to introduce you to one of our amazing work-study students, Andres Tobar. Andres is a super-senior (his words), double-majoring in Anthropology and Rhetoric and minoring in sass and chivalry (again, his words).

 

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What We Do and How We Do It

Organizing the Move

As with most big projects, organization is one of the keys to success. This is especially true when your project is relying on many people, often from different departments, contributing necessary information and preparing objects for a move. The PAHMA move is no exception. The many steps that need to occur must be orchestrated in a specific order for our move to go smoothly, and keeping everyone up-to-date on that progress is integral.

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Archaeology Rocks, and Rolls!

Corri and Tasha working at the photostation

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T-Shirt Design Contest

In celebration of our upcoming moves we are seeking your help for designing a move-themed T-shirt for PAHMA staff and volunteers.  I'm helping lead up the Archaeology portion of the Move and I’m certainly not the one to be designing a T-shirt. 

My idea of good a good T-shirt design would be to snap a sexy picture of a soil sample and slap on a slogan like “PAHMA moves dirty”.  How about a picture of a flotation sample and a saying like “PAHMA floats my boat”.

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Mo' Mummies, Mo' Problems

As the new Move Photographer at the Hearst, I was delighted to find out that our first problem to overcome was to transfer the ancient Egyptian coffin and mummy collection to its next storage location. I am a not-so-secret Egypto-maniac, so getting a chance to observe and photograph the hidden treasures of the Hearst Egyptian collection was exciting!

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Behind the Scenes of a Deinstallation

The transformation currently underway at the Hearst is proving to be exciting and challenging for the Museum staff. The most recent step involved in the process has been the deinstallation of the Museum. Yes, you read that correctly, the deinstallation of the entire Museum!
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