• Making Room by Letting Go: A Look at the Ephemerality of Collections

    Author(s):
    Sheila A Brennan (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Digital Humanists
    Subject(s):
    Material culture, Public history, Digital humanities, Data curation
    Item Type:
    Blog Post
    Tag(s):
    Museum, Collections, Preservation, Digital curation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/p2xq-7z82
    Abstract:
    We all agree that the material culture evidence held by museums and historical societies is critical in understanding our pasts. Objects speak for individuals whose lives were not documented in other ways, and can speak emotions unavailable in the written record. The volume of material culture produced today is more sizable than ever. Which leads to two unanswered question: How well are our collections policies at museums and historical societies working? And are we collecting the material culture evidence that will help future historians interpret the lives of early 21st-century Americans.
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    3 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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