The second edition of Museum Archives: An Introduction offers a comprehensive overview of archival work in a museum setting. Skillfully written and lavishly illustrated by a team of museum-based archivists, this beautifully designed volume draws on decades of experience in applying fundamental archival principles and practices to the specific circumstances of museums. Footnotes, sidebars, and a concluding resource point readers to a vast range of additional information and assistance.
Museum Archives also introduces readers to the institutional cultures, functions, and records of the museum setting and to issues of particular bearing to museums, including Nazi-looted art and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
"No matter how much electronic access evolves, the basic organization and preservation of archival records (both physical and born digital) remain the same, and the basic information in this volume is not likely to become outdated anytime soon. It is a valuable reference and a pleasure to read, with illustrations from museum archives photo collections and sidebars with personal tales from the archives. Highly recommended."
--BARBARA MATHE, American Museum of Natural History, in American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2005)
". . . developments in information technology have stimulated archivists, librarians, and museum professionals to seek common ground in meeting the challenges and opportunities of the digital world. This volume should be on every museum's bookshelf and in the hands of every archivist who works in or with museums."
--JOHN A. FLECKNER, Senior Archivist, National Museum of American History
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