Alaskan Legacy Collections Outside Alaska: Challenges, Opportunities and Potential

Author(s): Annalisa Hppner

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SANNA v2.2: Case Studies in the Social Archaeology of the North and North Atlantic" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Alaskan "legacy collections" are housed at many American institutions outside of Alaska. These collections contain great potential for object-focused analysis, looking toward specific object classes, or even individual objects for in-depth review. This poster will present a summary of the locations of Alaskan legacy collections in the "Lower 48," and a brief review of which types of resources are available in those collections. Using the collections of the Laboratory for Circumpolar Studies at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology as a case study the poster will explore the challenges of working with legacy collections, the HMA's approach to overcoming these challenges, and a small exploration of the sewing kit components present in the Circumpolar Laboratory collections, and a discussion of their potential as an artifact class to conduct engendered and feminist archaeology in the northwest arctic.

Cite this Record

Alaskan Legacy Collections Outside Alaska: Challenges, Opportunities and Potential. Annalisa Hppner. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452332)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -169.453; min lat: 50.513 ; max long: -49.043; max lat: 72.712 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25625