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Museums and Collections 106A/306A Course description This course is aimed at giving you an interesting, practical introduction to working

with artifacts in a museum or collections setting. The course is run as an applied, internship-style experience with additional project work, readings, and research papers. You will assist collections staff in carrying out collections management work and research with artifacts from the Universitys archaeology collections. You will also get the opportunity to curate your own museum showcase which will go on display at the Stanford Archaeology Center. Developing the exhibition showcase involves selecting a theme, choosing artifacts, carrying out in-depth research, writing labels and considering the conservation of the materials. The exhibition display case will form part of the final assessed project for this course, accompanied by a final paper. The course consists of three core elements: 20% collections management students will be assigned artifacts to research, catalogue, document and re-house as part of the practical training in this class. Students will submit completed catalogue records and a short paper as part of the assessment for this section. 20% Midterm paper. An essay style written paper based on readings related to the representation of Native American culture in museum display. 60% Final paper and exhibition display. Students will chose their own theme and select objects from the collections to research and display as part of a student exhibition to go on display at the end of the quarter at the Archaeology Center. Marks will be based on level of research, display case design, and label writing skills. Marks will also be based on a written final paper to accompany the display case outlining the research carried out in more detail, and discussing the application of museological issues discussed in class and in the readings, to the design and implementation of the display. Practicalities The collections are housed in Redwood City, it is a requirement of this class that you are able to travel to the collections in order to carry out practical work. Scheduling is relatively flexible, and carpooling can be arranged with other members of the class, please let me know if you have any concerns. This is a 5 unit course which represents about 15 hours of work per week, approximately 6 hours practical class work with the collections, and 9 hours of work outside of class in reading and research. Much of the research and reading in this class is self-led research and will depend on the material that you are working with. Graduate students taking this class will be expected to demonstrate a higher-level of understanding and discussion, and a greater depth in their artifact research. Graduate students are also expected to complete two exhibition analysis reports to be submitted along with their final projects at the end of the course. Reading List This reading list covers the basic topics you will be addressing during this course. The readings are designed to broaden your understanding of the practical work you will be carrying out, and to assist you in the writing of your project papers. Beyond this list the majority of your reading for this course will form part of your independent research for your artifacts and display development. The core midterm exam text Changing Presentations of the American Indian is available to buy in the bookstore, all other reading are on reserve in Green Library, or available

online. Please let me know if you have any problems finding any of these texts.

Midterm exam reading: National Museum of the American Indian. The Changing Presentation of the American Indian. Seattle: Smithsonian Institution and University of Washington Press, 2000 Pierce Erikson, Patricia Decolonizing the Nations Attic: The National Museum of the American Indian and the Politics of Knowledge-Making in a National Space in Lonetree, A. (Ed.) The National Museum of the American Indian: Critical Conversations University of Nebraska Press (2008) May, M. Exhibition Ideas: Integrating the Voices of Communities and Audiences in Lord, B & Lord, G. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions; AltaMira (2001) Black, M. HuupuKwanumTupaat: Out of the Mist, Treasures of the Nuu-Chah-nulth Chiefs Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria in Lord, B & Lord, G. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions; AltaMira (2001)

General collections care and management: Sullivan, Lynne P. and Terry, S. Childs. Curating Archaeological Collections: From the field to the repository. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2003 Chapters 1-5 Erdik, M., Erturk, N. and Durukal, E. Seismic Risk Management in Istanbul Museums; pp.95-105 in Advances in the Protection of Museum Collections from Earthquake Damage; Papers from the Symposium held at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa on May 3-4, 2006. Ethical issues McManamon, F. Policy and Practice in the Treatment of Archaeological Human Remains in North American Museums and Public Agency Collections in Lohman, J. and Goodman, K. (Eds) Human Remains and Museum Practice; UNESCO (2006) Brodie, Neil, Jenny Doole and Peter Watson. Stealing History: The illicit trade in cultural material. International Council of Museums and the Museum Association. Cambridge: The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2000. (available online at: http:// www.stanford.edu/group/chr/stealinghistory.pdf) Renfrew, Colin. "Museum Acquisitions: Responsibilities for the Illicit Traffic in Antiquities" Brodie, Neil, et al. Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and the Antiquities Trade. Gainsville: University Press of Florida, 2006. Pp. 245-257 Cuno, James. Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. pp. 1-20

Exhibitions Nicks, J. Curatorship in the Exhibition Planning Process in Lord, B & Lord, G. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions; AltaMira (2001) Spencer, H. Exhibition Text; in Lord, B & Lord, G. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions; AltaMira (2001) Kavanagh, Gaynor. "Visiting and evaluating museums." Kavanagh, Gaynor. Museum Provision and Professionalism. London, 2002. 90-94.