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The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

Promoting Teaching and Research Through Excellence in Collections Management The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is among the oldest museums of its type in the world, and is home to one of the finest collections of human cultural history. Since the late nineteenth century, the Museum has played an active part [...]

2017-07-20T15:41:17+00:00 By |Case Studies, Collection Managers|Comments Off on The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

The J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Joint ownership of the Mapplethorpe collection: Best practices in learning how to share In 2011, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) jointly acquired a collection of over 2,000 works by Robert Mapplethorpe from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation (RMF). This historic acquisition is unique in many ways: not [...]

The Munch Museum

Barcoding Best Practices When Moving House Opened in 1963, the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, is dedicated to the life and work of expressionist pioneer Edvard Munch. The museum maintains the most comprehensive collection of works by Munch, including approximately 1,100 paintings, 7,000 drawings, and 18,000 prints. The collection also includes sculptures, photographs, and 30,000 pages [...]

2017-06-28T16:16:25+00:00 By |Case Studies|38 Comments

Chapman University Art Collections

Cataloguing a Museum without Walls Chapman University Art Collections is a unique group of collections that functions through the lens of education and consists of the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, the Chapman Campus Collection, and the new Hilbert Museum of California Art. Objects from the collections are displayed beyond the gallery, [...]

Stark Museum of Art

Preserving, Cataloguing, and Sharing Rare Books with Collections Management Software The Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, was the vision of collectors H.J. Lutcher Stark and Nelda C. Stark. Opened in 1978, the Stark collection is focused on “the stunning land, dramatic people, and diverse wildlife of the American West.” Allison Evans, the Stark’s [...]

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Using Barcode Technology to Track Collections During a Relocation Move The California Department of Parks and Recreation, otherwise known as California State Parks, has a mandate to preserve, protect, and interpret its museum collections which includes museum objects, natural history specimens, paleontological specimens, archaeological artifacts, and archive materials. The museum collections consist of millions of [...]

The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Standardizing Cataloguing for a Natural History Collection The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology, and houses one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and prehistoric life. With more than 400,000 visitors and 100 researchers visiting each year, the Museum is dedicated to the collection, [...]

The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Using Collections Management Software to Produce an Ambitious Catalogue Raisonné. The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, in Berkeley, California, is working on a project jointly sponsored by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, to compile a catalogue raisonné of the paintings and works on paper by American artist Richard Diebenkorn. Among the most well-known painters in [...]

Williams College Museum of Art

Integrating and Promoting Fine Art and Archives through Technology The Prendergast Digitization Project Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is widely considered to be one of the finest college art museums in the United States. It houses over 14,000 works that span the history of art, and is home to the world’s [...]

Indian Arts Research Center

Large-Scale Collection, Small-Scale Team: Effectively Maintaining Community-based Cultural Collections The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), a division of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, implemented TMS from Gallery Systems to efficiently manage their extensive collection of Southwestern Native Art. Although not a traditional exhibiting museum, the IARC houses a [...]