Workshops

Care of Archaeological Collections Workshop

Steve Davis, associate director of Research Laboratories of Archaeology looks at some of the 8 million objects for study in the Department of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of the objects are from North Carolina from twelve thousand years ago to the 19th century. The facility also holds other collections from all parts of the world. Here Davis looks over a bone awl from the Dan River site from about 1300 AD.

Dr. Stephen Davis, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Please Note: This class is full as of February 24, 2017. To be placed on a waiting list, please email Robert James, NCPC Executive Director.

This workshop is designed for organizations that care for both large and small archaeological collections. The instructors will discuss various archaeological objects, their material composition, and methods for stabilization and long term storage. Learn how to evaluate and improve your knowledge of what you have and where to find it (accountability) and how to make it available for educational and scientific use (accessibility). Exchange ideas about best practices for archaeological collections curation that can be implemented by both large and small museums, historic sites, archives and similar repositories. Explore practical and creative solutions to a variety of problems that arise with maintaining these collections. Emphasis will be placed on methods collections staff can use to preserve archaeological objects and their associated information for current and future use, and how to balance ideal curation standards with what can be achieved within the reality of limited resources.

Place, Date and Time

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Alumni Building, Room 201A
Monday, March 13, 2017
9:30am – 4:00pm

Location

The Alumni Building is on UNC’s North Campus just off East Franklin Street between Morehead Planetarium and the Old Well (see map). The closest public parking is in the Morehead Planetarium Lot, along East Franklin Street, and in the Wallace Parking Deck (accessed from Rosemary Street one block north of East Franklin Street). Both parking areas can be located on the Downtown Chapel Hill Parking map (see numbers 17 and 18). Additional travel information is posted on the “Getting Here” section of the main UNC web site.)

Instructors

Dr. R. P. Stephen Davis (Associate Director, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC–Chapel Hill) has more than four decades of experience working with archaeological collections. For the past 30 plus years, he has skillfully rehabilitated and maintained the RLA’s extensive collections, which contain over eight million artifacts from more than 8,000 archaeological sites.

Dr. Heather A. Lapham (Research Archaeologist, Research Laboratories of Archaeology, UNC–Chapel Hill) has been managing archaeological collections from the Eastern and Southwestern United States for more than a decade. She has worked with collections in a variety of museum and institutional settings, including the Smithsonian Institution, Southern Illinois University, and most recently at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Registration

The registration fee for this workshop is $50.00 for NCPC members* and $75.00 for non-members.  The $75 fee comes with a year-long individual NCPC membership.  Lunch will be provided. Registration will be capped at 20 participants. We will maintain a wait list in the event of a cancellation. Registration deadline is March 3, 2017.

To register online and pay with a credit card or PayPal transfer, go to our online registration page and submit the form with your payment information. You do not need a PayPal account to pay with a credit or debit card.

To register and pay with a check, please print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the NCPC address on the form. The form must be postmarked by the registration deadline.

*Staff who work at member institutions may register at the member rate. To see if your institution is a member, visit our membership page.


scrapbook

Image courtesy Duke University Libraries.

Preserving Scrapbooks: From Acquisition to Access

Scrapbooks provide a unique historic perspective on individuals, families, organizations and institutions and hence are actively collected by archives, libraries, museums and historic societies. Photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera and three-dimensional memorabilia are all found in albums and can pose complicated accessioning, cataloging and preservation issues.

This workshop will cover:

  • A short history of scrapbooks
  • Guidelines for providing intellectual and physical access to these materials
  • Care and handling of albums and scrapbooks
  • Guidelines and best practices for exhibition and storage

This workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in the preservation and care of scrapbooks. Whether you oversee the care and handling of scrapbooks or work directly with them at your institution, this workshop will address access, conservation, reformatting, and description as it relates to these unique books.

Attendees are welcome to bring one scrapbook from their collection to review with the instructors and attendees. This interactive session will be used to discuss “real world” issues and apply the lessons learned during the day.

Date and Location

April 21, 2017
High Point Museum–High Point, NC (directions)
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., Networking/refreshments
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Workshop
Refreshments and a box lunch are included in your registration fee.

Instructors

Jan Blodgett is College Archivist and Records Management Coordinator at Davidson College. For many years, a lone arranger, Jan is experienced in working with archival, manuscript, and photograph collections. She served as the coordinator for NC ECHO’s Beyond Books and Buildings digital project, was an instructor for NC ECHO’s Digital Institutes, and served on the boards of NCLA’s Special Collections Roundtable, SNCA and NCPC.

Beth Doyle is the Head of Conservation Services Department and Leona B. Carpenter Senior Conservator at  Duke University Libraries. She has served on and chaired several American Library Association and American Institute for Conservation interest groups, and is currently the NCPC President. Beth was granted Fellow status in the American Institute for Conservation in 2014.

Cost

$50 (NCPC Member or staff at an NCPC institutional member)
$75 (non-member*)

*Non-members receive a 1-year NCPC individual membership with their registration. NCPC members receive registration discounts on workshops and our annual conference. See our membership website for additional benefits.

Registration Information

To register online and pay with a credit card or PayPal transfer, go to our online registration page and submit the form with your payment information. You do not need a PayPal account to pay with a credit or debit card.

Registration forms and payment must be submitted no later than April 11, 2017. Registration will be capped at 20 participants. We will maintain a wait list in the event of a cancellation.

To register and pay with a check, please print the registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the NCPC address on the form. The form must be postmarked by the registration deadline.

*Staff who work at member institutions may register at the member rate. To see if your institution is a member, visit our membership page.


NCPC Cancellation and Refund Policy

All questions regarding registration should be directed to Robert James, NCPC Executive Director robertjamesncpc@gmail.com. All fees listed on the registration form are in US dollars. There is a cancellation fee of 10% of the Registration Fee up to 10 days before the workshop. No refunds are given for cancellations made within the 10 days prior to the workshop. NCPC Member Institutions may substitute a staff member in the event the registrant cannot attend. Please inform NCPC within 24 hours of the workshop if you will be sending a substitute. No other substitutions are permitted without the permission of NCPC. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. In the event that a workshop is canceled due to low attendance, adverse weather, or other causes beyond NCPC’s control, registrants will be notified and may opt to either have their registration fee applied to another class or conference, or have their fees refunded.  NCPC accepts no responsibility in such cases beyond the refund of the workshop registration fees.

Workshop Wait List Policy

If a workshop is full, NCPC will maintain a wait list on a first-come first-served basis. You must register within 24 hours of notification to reserve your seat. The wait list will close 48 hours prior to the workshop, however NCPC reserves the right to add registrants within that period. NCPC reserves the right to add additional seats to a workshop at its discretion. In the event additional seats are added to a workshop, the next person on the wait list will be contacted and registrations accepted until the workshop is filled.


North Carolina Preservation Consortium 

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) promotes the preservation of collections in libraries, museums, archives, and historic sites; monuments, memorials, and outdoor art; archaeological sites and collections; historic and cultural architecture; and private collections of family treasures.  Our preservation mission addresses proper care and handling; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness and recovery; the repair, reformatting and conservation of damaged items; and collection security.

NCPC News

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Membership

We invite you to join NCPC.  Our annual institutional membership fee is only $100.00. Higher levels of support are voluntary. Individual memberships are also available. Benefits of membership include registration discounts on workshops and the annual conference. Members are eligible to hold leadership positions as officers and may serve on the consortium’s board of directors and committees. Member institutions are eligible for NCPC preservation grants. The success of our state wide preservation program depends on the talents, diversity, and generosity of our colleagues. Together we can make a difference in the survival of our heritage collections.  Join NCPC today!

Support NCPC

Our programs are made possible by the generous financial support of institutional and individual members, corporate sponsors, and the Friends of NCPC.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to NCPC please visit our Preservation Philanthropy web page or contact:

Robert James
Executive Director
North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC)

Phone  919-412-2238
Email   robertjamesncpc@gmail.com