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Department of the Interior Museum Program

Federal Collections Conference

Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections
Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

November 18-20, 1998
San Diego, California

sponsored by The U. S. Department of the Interior
and hosted byThe San Diego Natural History Museum
with the San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley


What is a Federally-Associated Collection?

Millions of objects, specimens, documents and other records are managed in the public trust of the United States. These come from Federal lands and sites, agencies, and programs. Federal and non-Federal institutions often share the responsibility for care of and access to these collections. In 1996, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, sponsored the first conference designed to explore the issues surrounding Federal and non-Federal partnerships to manage such collections.

This conference will build on the results of the 1996 meeting with the intention of providing practical strategies for fostering practical and useful partnerships among Federal, tribal, institutional and amateur interests. There will be two days of pre-conference activities, followed by three days of formal presentation sessions. Pre- or post-conference field trips may be arranged based on participant interest .


Who Should Attend This Conference?

Representatives of state and private institutions that hold Federally-associated collections
Federal curators and other professionals concerned with collections
Managers of Federal agencies
Tribal representatives
University collections managers and curators
Collections users (researchers, students, educators)
Managers of repositories for Federally-associated collections
Staff of private consulting firms and contractors
Representatives of professional societies
Responsible amateur collectors and organizations


Possible Workshop and Session Themes and Topics

The following themes and topics are preliminary suggestions only. The final program will reflect the stated preferences and interests of the participants.

Creating and Managing Repositories for Federally-Associated Collections

  Physical requirements and planning
Governance, contracts and policies
Access issues
Managing the costs
Multiple agency management issues
Insurance and accountability

Trans-Border Issues: The United States, Mexico, and Federal Law

  Permits regulations on both sides of the border
Models for binational collections programs
Federal law and international collections
Resource sharing initiatives
Customs and collections: a forum

Permits, Public Lands, and Collections

  The spectrum of Federal permits and agencies
Streamlining research permit applications
Updates on permit eligibility and restrictions
Protective legislation for public land resources
Protection of sites in the public trust

Legal Aspects of Partnerships

  MOAs and MOUs Cooperative agreements and contracts
Liability, responsibility, and ownership

The Internet, Communications Technology, and Collections

  Changing levels of access to federally-associated
Collections and information
Database design for access and security
Impact of FOIA, on-line accessibility, and privacy issues

Legislative Updates

Forensics Collections

  Forensic uses of collections
Physical and intellectual access and restrictions
Management issues of forensic collections

Private Collecting, Public Trust

  Transferring private collections to the public trust
The roles and impacts of amateur collectors
Creating effective public-private liaisons

NAGPRA and Native American Issues

  Care of sacred and culturally sensitive collections
Updates on NAGPRA and repatriation
NAGPRA grant recipient projects

Management of Federally-Associated Archives

  Multimedia access to collections information
Technology transfer and media upgrades
Public access, privacy, and intellectual property

Collections Conservation Issues

  Destructive and non-destructive analysis
Anoxic storage and microenvironments
Effective preventive conservation programs

Managing Functional Object Collections

  Machinery and weaponry collections problems
Historic re-enactment and liability issues
Preservation, restoration, and use

Discipline-Specific Collections Issue Sessions

  Archaeology
Geology
Archives and records
History
Art
Microbiology
Botany
Military collections
Ethnography
Paleontology
Zoology

Agency-Specific Collections Issue Sessions


For Further Information

Please send your name, address, phone, FAX, and email information to:

Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections
Dr. Paisley Cato, Director, Curator of Collections
San Diego Natural History Museum
P. O. Box 1390
San Diego, CA 92112

Phone (619) 232-3821, x226; fax (619) 232-0248
email pcato@sdnhm.org

If you are interested in organizing a session or presenting an individual paper, please send in a 100-word abstract with your contact information. We anticipate that sessions will run for two hours each, with 5 to 6 papers per session and time for discussion. You may also propose topics for pre-conference activities and workshops for November 16 and 17, 1998.

The preliminary and final programs will be based on the expressed interests and preferences of participants, so please indicate the topics that are of the greatest use to you.

The deadline for receiving program proposals and abstracts has been extended to 1 May 1998. Registration materials will be mailed to all respondents starting 15 April 1998.