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ARTICLES

Conservation and Archeology: Case Studies in Collaboration
2001     CRM  24(6).

Dam Good Archeology: The Bureau of Reclamation's Cultural Resources Program
2000     CRM  23(1).

Museum Issues and Trends
2000     CRM 23(5).

New Lease on Life: Conserving Museum Collections
1999     CRM 22(7).

Childs, S. Terry (editor)
2004     Our Collective Responsibility: The Ethics and Practice of Archaeological Collections Stewardship. Washington, DC: Society for American Archaeology.

Childs, S. Terry
1995     "The Curation Crisis: What's Being Done?" Federal Archeology 7(4). (Winter/Spring)

Childs, S. Terry and Karolyn Kinsey
2004     ""SHPO Survey of Archeological Report Bibliographic Systems, 2002". Studies in Archeology & Ethnography #5. Washington, DC: Archeology & Ethnography Program, National Park Service.

Fowler, Don D., Nancy J. Parezo, and May Elizabeth Ruwell
1996     "Wealth Concealed: The Importance of Preserving the Archeological Record" Common Ground 1(2). (Summer)

Nelson, Margaret C. and Brenda Shears
1996     "From the Field to the Files: Curation and the Future of Academic Archeology" Common Ground 1(2). (Summer)

Sonderman, Robert C.
1996     "Primal Fear: Deaccessioning Collections" Common Ground 1(2). (Summer)

Sullivan, Lynn
1992     "Managing Archeological Resources from the Museum Perspective" Technical Brief  13, NPS, Archeological Assistance Division.

Sullivan, Lynn and S. Terry Childs
2003     Curating Archeological Collections: From the Field to the Repository. Walnut Creek, CA.: AltaMira Press.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Curation of Federally Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections (36 CFR 79)
Issued in 1990, these government-wide regulations for the curation and care of federal archeological collections were issued pursuant to the National Historic Protection Act, the Reservoir Salvage Act, and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. They establish procedures and guidelines to manage and preserve collections. They also include terms and conditions for federal agencies to include in contracts and Memorandums of Agreement with non-federal repositories.

Costs of Curating Archeological Collections: A Study of Repository Fees in 2002 and 1997/98
Many repositories charge fees for the curation of incoming archeological collections that they do not own themselves. The NPS's Archeology Program conducted an informal, yet systematic study of the adoption and use of curation fees nationwide in 1997/98 and then again in 2002 due to the possible impact of such fees on the curation of large archeological collections owned or administered by federal, state, and local governments. The two phases of the study examine the variation of fee structures, when fees were instigated, the purposes of fees, and the criteria for assessing fees, among other issues.

Managing Archeological Collections: Technical Assistance
This online technical assistance and distance learning effort covers all aspects of caring for archeological collections--the activities involving objects, records, reports, and digital data in the field, lab, office, and repository. It is designed to help professionals and students, as well as casual readers, learn more about preserving and managing archeological collections over the long term. Ten sections provide an in-depth view of many issues, responsibilities, and best practices. Each also contains an extensive bibliography, page of related links, and a review quiz.

Partnership Opportunites for Federally-Associated Collections Conferences
Three conferences have been held to bring together curation experts and federal agency staff to discuss mutual concerns about the care and management of collections. These were held in Austin, TX in 2000, San Diego, CA in 1998, and Berkeley, CA in 1996. The next conference is scheduled for Washington, DC. in December 2002.

National Archeological Database, Reports module
This is an expanded bibliographic inventory of approximately 350,000 citations of reports on archeological planning and investigation, mostly of limited circulation. This "gray literature" represents a large portion of the primary information available on archeological sites in the U.S. Each report is an associated record of an archeological project and needs to be archived.

LINKS

NPS Museum Collections

Department of Interior Museum Program

Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archeological Collections U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Public Archeology in the United States: A Timeline

 

 

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