Managing Archeological Resources from the Museum Perspective

Author(s): Lynne Sullivan

Year: 1992


Federal agencies are responsible for archeological collections acquired from Federal lands and through Federally sponsored or permitted projects. With the promulgation of 36 CFR Part 79, Curation of FederallyOwned and Administered Archeological Collections, Federal agencies now have formal guidance about how to meet their statutory obligations for collections management. Archeological collections must be managed effectively if they are to continue to function as important resources for science, heritage education, and the humanities. Archeologists will need to make thoughtful

and explicit decisions about the composition and growth of collections. The problem is not simply one of securing adequate storage space. Difficult decisions have to be made in committing scarce and sometimes costly resources to maintain accessibility to collections, as well as to safeguat·d them from theft, loss, or deterioration.

One important management decision is the choice of an appropriate repository. Some Federal agencies have in-house facilities; others need to initiate contracts and agreements with repositories that house archeological collections. In this country, state and university museums have traditionally served as major repositories for Federal archeological research collections. The author, who is a curator of anthropology at one of these institutions, points out that archeologists, as resource managers, need to work in concert with repositories in planning for the long-term maintenance of research


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Managing Archeological Resources from the Museum Perspective. Lynne Sullivan. 1992 ( tDAR id: 292413) ; doi:10.6067/XCV85T3HV6

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min long: -124.704; min lat: 41.992 ; max long: -116.463; max lat: 46.299 ;

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Contact(s): U.S. Department of the Interior; National Park Service

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NADB document id number(s): 1306574

NADB citation id number(s): 000000277756


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