The Repository of Last Resort? Three-Dimensional Objects in Archives

by Jeffrey, Dean H.

Abstract (Summary)
This study documents issues involved in the collection, use, cataloging, and storage of three-dimensional objects in archives. It presents the results of in-person interviews conducted with five college and university archivists regarding the issues of objects in archives. Little has been written regarding collecting and managing objects in archives. This study summarizes the available literature on the topic and addresses some of the differences between museum practice and archival practice. The study finds that three-dimensional objects have value as objects for display but often have little other value to researchers in archives. If the acquisition of objects reflects the mission of the archives and adheres to a collection policy, the objects are more likely to have research value beyond their use in displays.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Timothy D. Pyatt

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:archival materials artifacts realia three dimensional objects


Date of Publication:11/17/2005

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