Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Online Museum Classes
Many museum collections were treated with pesticides to preserve them. Often there are no records and staff is unaware of what might be on the collection or how it may affect researchers. This class is designed for museum curators and others who work with Native American and ethnographic collections. It details methods to mitigate hazards from chemicals and pesticides and health issues stemming from their use on artifacts.
Old Poisons, New Problems by Nancy Odegaard, et. al. Available for purchase from Northern States Conservation Center at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.htmlLogistics:
Participants in Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Collections work through sections on their own. Materials and resources include online literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and the instructor through online forums. The course is limited to 20 participants.
Dangerous Materials: Chemical Poisons in Collections runs four weeks. To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nancy Odegaard is the Conservator and Head of the Preservation Division for Arizona State Museum. She is also a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Nancy manages and supervises staff and programs in the conservation lab, advises on museum environmental issues, and seeks to promote the preservation of collections through improved exhibition and storage conditions. Nancy holds a Ph.D. in Applied Science through the Conservation and Cultural Heritage Science Studies Department of the University of Canberra, Australia. She earned her M.A. in Museum Studies/Anthropology at the George Washington University with a Certificate in Ethnographic and Archaeological Conservation from the Smithsonian Institution. Nancy specializes in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects including the examination, analysis, and study of materials and pre-industrial technologies used to fabricate artifacts. She is the author of the 2005 publication Old Poisons, New Problems about pesticides on Native museum objects.
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