Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lab Hour Posting Over and Out

I have already collected lab hour data, but will add to that total any hours you might earn on Tuesday when Carrie and I will be there. Come by if you want or need to participate in de-installation (or if you were given permission to measure or modify a condition report during de-installation). The exhibit closes tomorrow! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Research and Inventory Worksheets

We're done! Class is over. Can you believe it? The last day of the exhibit is Thursday.  I bought some (hopefully) matching paint today and it's already in the Museum awaiting application on the Tasmanian Sojourn wall next week.  Have a great final's week! I'll begin grading hardcopies of the inventory sheets tonight. 

Accession vs. OTHER Numbers

There is only one place on your forms for a trinomial: "Accession No." "The Beardsley Inventory No." is NOT an accession number/trinomial, it is the number found in the Beardsley Inventory produced back in the late 1950s listing all the objects donated. It is digitized for you on SacCT. The third number in the accession no. trinomial MIGHT match the Beardsley Inventory No., but sometimes they confused objects during the 1974 retroactive accessioning process and the trinomial doesn't match. Open the Accession File on SacCT and check. 

I'll meet you guys in the classroom, collect the hardcopies of your assignment, have a brief discussion, and then we'll go down and have some refreshments in the museum. Last class today...we only have de-installation next week!

Friday, May 9, 2014

"Beardsley #" versus "Beardsley Inventory No."

Students: some of you are confusing the number found on some of the round tags "Beardsley #" (commonly also the SSC number) with the Beardsley Inventory No. called for on your worksheet. To find the Beardsley Inventory No., open the digital accession file on SacCT and search the original hand-written Beardsley inventory produced in the 1950s. 

In some instances, that number became the last in the accession trinomial (when those were assigned in 1974), but this wasn't always the case. Likewise, when the "Sacramento State College" catalog cards were produced in the 1960s, the original Beardsley Inventory number sometimes became the SSC Catalog No., but there were many (many) misattributions, misnumberings, etc. And then the MS-Access database has other problems.  Your job isn't to correct these in those records, but to record them as they appear and then to point out in the "Notes" portion, that these problems occurred.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


If you are researching one of the skirts with dyed fronds, let me know! Nancy found a great catalog in our library that details the varied ethnobotanical materials found in Maori skirts and I noticed that two of our more fragile skirts are very similar to a couple featured in her catalog.

Monday, May 5, 2014


We will meet at 1:30 sharp in the library breezeway. I'll split the class into halves that will rotate between library research and touring the Special Collections. Don't forget that your last reading quiz is open until 11 a.m. tomorrow. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

For Seya (and Others).

At least some of you will recognize this. Click on the "Catalogue Entry" to learn more. I found this while looking for leads on a different object entirely.  This is the page that led me to this small, private collection.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Joe and CM Team (Maori Cloak)

This is posted for Joe, who is assigned the Maori cloak, but may also be of interest to the rest of the Colonial Milieu team


Another digital catalog with objects that look similar to some of ours. Who has the mat in the bottom of the exhibit case in the Full Circle team's area?