Challenging Collection Inventories

Presenter(s): 

Angela Neller, Curator, Wanapum Heritage Center, Grant County Public Utility District; Charmaine Wong, Archaeology Collections Manager, Bishop Museum

Moderator: 

Clare Haggarty, Deputy Director of Collections, Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program

Track: 

  • Collections

Collection inventories are inevitable and daunting events, regardless of the type of collection you manage. This session looks at three different institutions with diverse collections: a civic art collection in the largest US County which has just completed its first baseline inventory; a cultural history museum with 1.2 million archaeological artifacts being catalogued mostly by volunteers over a five year period; and a tribal heritage center that receives and catalogues thousands of donated objects every year.