Date of Graduation

Winter 12-17-2015

Document Type

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Museum Studies

First Advisor

Stephanie A. Brown

Second Advisor

Paula Birnbaum

Third Advisor

Marjorie Schwarzer

Abstract

Everything has a purpose. Museums exist for a reason. A collections management policy defines that purpose. A well-crafted policy advances the mission of a museum by outlining its collecting guidelines. It establishes the organization’s identity. This can be empowering for Native American communities that have experienced great historical, cultural, and personal loss. Tribal museums are becoming important sites where Native people are collecting, preserving, and interpreting their cultural materials; they are reclaiming their tribal identity. This project, entitled The Wind Returns, describes how I will create a collections management policy for the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room while also cataloging the items already in the organization’s collection. Using project management skills, I will outline key strategies to plan, implement, and evaluate the project. Most importantly, I will explore how this journey can empower the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

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