Exchanging Objects: Nineteenth-Century Museum Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution - Museums and Collections (Hardback)Catherine A. Nichols (author)
As an historical account of the exchange of "duplicate specimens" between anthropologists at the Smithsonian Institution and museums, collectors, and schools around the world in the late nineteenth century, this book reveals connections between both well-known museums and little-known local institutions, created through the exchange of museum objects. It explores how anthropologists categorized some objects in their collections as "duplicate specimens," making them potential candidates for exchange. This historical form of what museum professionals would now call deaccessioning considers the intellectual and technical requirement of classifying objects in museums, and suggests that a deeper understanding of past museum practice can inform mission-driven contemporary museum work.
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Number of pages: 268
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This is an excellent and important contribution to scholarship...(Nichols) has also done a fine job of explaining how a focus on duplicate exchange transforms our entire (mis)understanding of museums as places only for accumulation and preservation." * Ira Jacknis, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
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