For a Collections Manager, getting a new collection is a bit like Christmas. The anticipation builds each day as you prepare to bring the boxes of items to the museum. Then, you feel the excitement of getting to unpack each one and discover the treasures inside. Finally, a feeling of satisfaction as you survey all of the wonderful things that will soon be housed in the museum’s collection. Happily, for those of us in the Curatorial Department, we’ve gotten to experience all of these emotions over the past few weeks as we inventory MOPA’s most recent acquisition: the
I have vivid memories of my elementary school’s card catalog, the beautifully polished wood, the shiny brass handles on the drawers, and the mass of white and yellow cards, all heavily marked with pencil and typewriter ink. It all seems so quaint and antique now, and I nostalgically remember the process of finding a library book as such a lovely ritual.