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Collections Crisis in the Nation’s Capital: Problems and Solutions for the Washington, D.C. Historic Preservation Office

Author(s): Christine M Ames

Year: 2016

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Successful collections management encompasses proper housing, monitoring, and curation to ensure long-term preservation and accessibility.  However, successful collections management also involves identifying and addressing issues(s) that threaten collections.  The Washington, D.C. Historic Preservation Office (DCHPO) is in the midst of addressing a collections crisis.  The DCHPO consults on both District and Federal compliance projects, and without a curation facility, its collections are stored across various agencies and repositories.  Compounded by repeated office moves, lack of a city archaeologist for a brief period, updated preservation legislation, and tight funding, the DCHPO collections have suffered. This paper examines the collections status at its worst--subject to fluctuating environmental conditions, inconsistent housing materials, a lack of research space, and, in general, a weak inventory--and then assesses the strategic steps already taken in rectifying each issue.  This paper concludes by considering what else can be done even as the DCHPO collections continue to grow.  


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Collections Crisis in the Nation’s Capital: Problems and Solutions for the Washington, D.C. Historic Preservation Office. Christine M Ames. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434969)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America