A class about collections

A class about collections

We’re halfway through the semester, and my collections class is deep into the stamp exhibition project.

I’m teaching a course titled “Museum Collecting and Collections.” There are three projects:

  • the Brown University’s Library extensive stamp collections
  • the paintings that came to Brown with the Annmary Brown Memorial, and
  • scientific instruments scattered across Brown departments.

In each case, we’re trying to understand the history of the collection, think about their potential use, do some cataloging, and propose a collections management and development plan.

Today two students—Anna Meyer and Sarah Dylla—joined me to talk about the course at a meeting of the Library Advisory Committee. Here’s the presentation we gave. Thanks to Anna and Sarah for their work on the presentation, and for spending a Saturday morning talking about stamps, collections, and exhibitions.



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