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The Inertia of Collections

Changes against the Grain in the Rosenlew Museum of Pori, Finland

Francisco Martínez

collections? What kinds of stories are necessarily erased for the purpose of creating a corporate narrative? How are the objects displayed within the walls made relevant? To whom are they relevant? And for what purpose are they relevant? 1 These research

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Analyzing Museum Collections in Scandinavia

New Insights in Revised Modernity and Its Implications on Archaeological Material

Niklas Ytterberg

. One part comprises the universities, which are predominantly theoretical. Another part consists of the museums, which mainly manage the collections but also do some research, although to varying extents. Somewhere in between we find the excavating

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Collections without End

The Ghostly Presences of Captain Matthew McVicker-Smyth and his Western Australian Mineral Collection in the State Library of Western Australia

Andrea Witcomb and Alistair Patterson

The discovery of five photographs in 2018 in the State Library of Western Australia led us to the existence of a forgotten private museum housing the collection of Captain Matthew McVicker Smyth in early-twentieth-century Perth. Captain Smyth was responsible for the selling of Nobel explosives used in the agriculture and mining industries. The museum contained mineral specimens in cases alongside extensive, aesthetically organized displays of Australian Aboriginal artifacts amid a wide variety of ornaments and decorative paintings. The museum reflects a moment in the history of colonialism that reminds us today of forms of dispossession, of how Aboriginal people were categorized in Australia by Western worldviews, and of the ways that collectors operated. Our re-creation brings back into existence a significant Western Australian museum and opens up a new discussion about how such private collections came into existence and indeed, in this instance, about how they eventually end.

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Engaging Dialogues

Reframing Africa at the Royal Ontario Museum

Silvia Forni

troubled exhibitionary and relational history involving an encyclopedic museum, its collections from Africa, and the African Canadian communities of the Greater Toronto Area. The history and the complicated intellectual, relational, and affective issues

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Archaeology and Ethnographic Collections

Disentangling Provenance, Provenience, and Context in Vanuatu Assemblages

James L. Flexner

untapped source of information that can be used to explore basic questions necessary to the larger theories we build about the past. In exchange, archaeological investigations of museum collections provide opportunities for museums to increase their

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Integrating Research and Collections Management

The Ho‘omaka Hou Research Initiative at the Bishop Museum

Mara A. Mulrooney, Charmaine Wong, Kelley Esh, Scott Belluomini, and Mark D. McCoy

Museums throughout the world house invaluable collections of cultural and natural heritage, and recent efforts to unlock the potential of existing museum collections are manifest in various ways (King, this volume). One of these is the use of

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Democratizing the Digital Collection

New Players and New Pedagogies in Three-Dimensional Cultural Heritage

Jane-Heloise Nancarrow

nontraditional methodologies relating to three-dimensional digital museum collections can renegotiate the material properties of objects, and allow for experimentation within heritage, anthropology, and archaeology. Yet while digital modeling, virtual reality

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Building the Femorabilia Special Collection

Methodologies and Practicalities

Nickianne Moody

danger of being lost and spoken for only by the academics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries who have had access to these texts as they were published, if not to the culture itself. The Collection and its Purpose The Femorabilia Collection of

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Comparative Colonialism and Collections-Based Archaeological Research

Dig Less, Catalog More

Julia A. King

By now, it’s a truism that collections-based archaeological research is a good thing, a productive enterprise yielding new and sometimes transformative discoveries about the past. Indeed, who can forget how Helene Valladas and her colleagues (1988

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Engaging Anthropological Legacies toward Cosmo-optimistic Futures?

Sharon Macdonald, Henrietta Lidchi, and Margareta von Oswald

collections, can play a role in supporting more convivial and cosmopolitan relationships between people. In particular, it considers whether the colonial imaginaries and relations that propelled the formation of these museums and collections—which we call