Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki Papers and Artifacts Project: A Case for Collaboration between Archival and Artifact Collections
Author(s): Molly Kamph
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
In 2017, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology began a two-year collaborative project through the Smithsonian’s Collections Care and Preservation Fund aiming to connect the archival and artifact collections of paleo-archaeologists Drs. Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki, known for their work at Shanidar Cave in northern Iraq from 1951-1960 and other sites throughout the Near East. Through the integration of these collections, the project aims to set a precedent by assuring that the association between archaeological collections and metadata is preserved in a way that increases their value to future researchers and the public at repositories collecting and preserving the collections of archaeologists. The poster will highlight the Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki Papers and Artifacts Project’s goals, methodologies, and challenges and encourage discussion about the preservation, physical and intellectual accessibility, and legacy of archaeological artifacts and records.
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Ralph S. and Rose L. Solecki Papers and Artifacts Project: A Case for Collaboration between Archival and Artifact Collections. Molly Kamph. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449666)
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