Collective Conversations with Jen Kaines

Registrar and Collections Manager at Leeds Museums and Galleries A day in the Registrars Department at Leeds Museums and Galleries, the largest local authority-run museum service in England, is never dull for Jen Kaines. As Registrar and Collections Manager, Jen handles 1.3 million objects from the natural world and industrial history, to fine and decorative [...]

Collective Conversations with Jen Kaines2019-06-13T16:05:55-04:00

Collective Conversations with Sarah Gillis

Assistant Registrar, Image Management, at the Worcester Art Museum The world-renowned Worcester Art Museum, in Worcester, Massachusetts, is home to an encyclopedic collection spanning 5,000 years of art and culture and 38,000 objects including, but not limited to: paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and contemporary art. Assistant Registrar Sarah Gillis and her colleagues [...]

Collective Conversations with Sarah Gillis2019-06-13T16:40:50-04:00

Best Practices for Cataloguing Photographic Archives

As galleries, libraries, archives and museums bring their physical objects into the digital realm, new methods of organization need to be designed to support the accessibility and sustainability of the digital media. Sarah Gillis, Assistant Registrar for Image Management at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, specializes in cataloguing photographic archives. At our [...]

Best Practices for Cataloguing Photographic Archives2019-06-13T16:42:56-04:00

Collective Conversations with Carole Campbell

Registrar for Collections Management at the Getty Carole Campbell is the Registrar for Collections Management at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Carole and her staff work extensively within TMS to manage the Museum’s acquisitions, loans and exhibitions. The Getty is said to be one of the most [...]

Collective Conversations with Carole Campbell2019-06-13T16:48:31-04:00

Bridging the Object / Component Divide

It’s one of those requests that sounds so easy, and so reasonable: My insurance policy states that the objects I store in any one location cannot exceed X value I want to find out the total value of all objects currently undergoing treatment in our conservation lab I’m planning a traveling exhibition and my insurance [...]

Bridging the Object / Component Divide2019-06-13T16:51:52-04:00

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 [...]

Williams College Museum of Art2019-06-13T16:53:17-04:00

How to Be the Most Interesting Registrar at a Party

A registrar's day is varied and full of novelty: one moment you're buried among endless rows of priceless artifacts that have been hibernating in storage, and the next moment you’re managing digital shipping and loan records in the collection database. Or, you'll be tweaking a set of condition reports, only to find yourself evaluating mounts [...]

How to Be the Most Interesting Registrar at a Party2017-06-28T16:24:00-04:00

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 [...]

Indian Arts Research Center2019-06-13T16:56:19-04:00

Both Sides Now; On The Pleasures And Perils Of Cataloging Two-Sided Art

There are two sides to every argument, but are there two sides to every artwork? Actually, there are. We usually fall into the habit of thinking about art objects as being neatly divisible into three-dimensional (sculpture, baskets, armor, etc.) and two-dimensional (paintings, prints, photographs, etc.). But the truth is that no tangible thing is [...]

Both Sides Now; On The Pleasures And Perils Of Cataloging Two-Sided Art2019-06-13T17:00:34-04:00