Collecting For A College Museum: Exchange Practices and the Life History of a 19th-Century Arctic Collection

Title:
Collecting For A College Museum: Exchange Practices and the Life History of a 19th-Century Arctic Collection
Authors:
Margaris, Amy V. ( 0000-0001-8917-5656 ) ; Grimm, Linda T.
Abstract:
The central role of exchange in museum collecting merits greater scholarly attention. We present an anthropological framework for analyzing exchange practices that illuminates the complex and shifting meanings collections accrue through their life histories. We illustrate this by examining the series of late 19th-century exchanges that produced a small, but historically important, ethnological collection at the Oberlin College Museum from the North American Arctic. The analysis sheds new light on the uneasy development of ethnology from its natural history roots, and on the role of small colleges in furthering the modern sciences curriculum. Examining collection life histories by way of exchange practices also highlights new interpretive challenges that accompany old collections.
Citation:
Margaris, Amy V. and Linda T. Grimm. Fall 2011. "Collecting For a College Museum: Exchange Practices and the Life History of a 19th-Century Arctic Collection." Museum Anthropology 34(2): 109-27.
Publisher:
American Anthropological Association
DATE ISSUED:
2011
Department:
Anthropology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1111/j.1548-1379.2011.01112.x
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310152

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMargaris, Amy V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGrimm, Linda T.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:26:52Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:26:52Zen
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationMargaris, Amy V. and Linda T. Grimm. Fall 2011. "Collecting For a College Museum: Exchange Practices and the Life History of a 19th-Century Arctic Collection." Museum Anthropology 34(2): 109-27.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0892-8339en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310152en
dc.description.abstractThe central role of exchange in museum collecting merits greater scholarly attention. We present an anthropological framework for analyzing exchange practices that illuminates the complex and shifting meanings collections accrue through their life histories. We illustrate this by examining the series of late 19th-century exchanges that produced a small, but historically important, ethnological collection at the Oberlin College Museum from the North American Arctic. The analysis sheds new light on the uneasy development of ethnology from its natural history roots, and on the role of small colleges in furthering the modern sciences curriculum. Examining collection life histories by way of exchange practices also highlights new interpretive challenges that accompany old collections.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Anthropological Associationen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1548-1379.2011.01112.xen
dc.subject.departmentAnthropologyen_US
dc.titleCollecting For A College Museum: Exchange Practices and the Life History of a 19th-Century Arctic Collectionen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalMuseum Anthropologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordMuseum collectingen_US
dc.subject.keywordArctic regionsen_US
dc.subject.keywordSmithsonianen_US
dc.subject.keywordHistory of anthropologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordDigital mediaen_US
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