Collection Conundrums: Solving Collections Management Mysteries

Collection Conundrums: Solving Collections Management Mysteries

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Collection Conundrums: Solving Museum Registration Mysteries provides guidelines for investigating the oddities found in every museum collection - objects without record, identification or sometimes even a location - and determining what to do. Written by registrars Rebecca Buck and Jean A. Gilmore, editors of the best-selling The New Museum Registration Methods, this new volume contains essential information for museums large and small, new and old. The text offers solutions to the problems of old loans, undocumented objects found in collections, items lost in inventory, supplementary collections and more, as well as guidelines on how to keep problems from occurring in the first place. Features a history of registration methods and the standards for collection documentation and care, along with sample documents such as loan agreements, co-tenancy agreements, storage agreements and deed of gift. Recommended for everyone involved in collections planning and management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933253084
Publisher: American Alliance Of Museums
Publication date: 05/03/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


1.            Introduction, History, Terminology

               Public Trust

               The Accessioned Object

               History of Collecting and Development of Standards

               Museum Collections Terminology

2.            Conundrums and Their Resolutions

               Systematic Approaches: Introduction to Object Conundrums

               Old Loans by Ildiko DeAngelis

               Found in Collection

               Unsolicited Deposits

               Finding Lenders, Donors and Artists

               Minor Conundrums

               The Stranger Within: Managing Supplemental Collections by Holly Young

3.            Guidelines, Policies and Procedures

               Just Say No!

               Policies and Procedures

4.            Case Studies

               Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture: Complexity and Care in the Inland Northwest by Rebecca A. Buck

               Accessioning the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio by Jean Allman Gilmore


                A. Museum Unclaimed Property Law

                B. Affidavit

                C. Incoming Receipt

                D. Incoming Deposit-for-Storage Agreement

                E. Storage Agreement Release

                F. Deed of Gift

                G. Deed of Gift of Fractional Interest

                H. Promised Gift

                I. Co-Tenancy Agreement

                J. Joint Ownership Agreement

                K. Incoming Loan Agreement

                L. Outgoing Loan Agreement


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