Even as a kid, I loved to sort things. I know, it seems a strange thing to enjoy, but I lived for sorting. I always found it to be deeply satisfying to see a perfectly organized group of things, whether they were toys, books, or the clothes in my closet. Simply put, organization is one of the most essential elements of collections management for all museums.
This week, we will be featuring the thoughts of Jerry Gardner, one of the Curatorial Department's volunteers, on his work with the Fayman Archive.
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