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Collections Vol 4 N4

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"Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals" is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the discussion of all aspects of handling, preserving, researching, and organizing collections. Curators, archivists, collections managers, preparators, registrars, educators, students, and others contribute.

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A Letter from the Publisher

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As the Publisher of Collections, AltaMira Press would like to welcome Dr. Juilee Decker as the journal’s new editor. Juilee earned a Ph.D. in art history at Case Western Reserve University in 2003, and she is now associate professor of art history at Georgetown College, in Kentucky. Her interests include art history and methodologies, women and art, psychology and art, printmaking and design, and curatorial methods and practices. She has served as curator for a variety of exhibitions and as guest editor of the Spring and Summer 2008 issues of Collections (volumes 4:2 and 4:3), which focused on public art.

Outgoing editor Pamela White has made a valuable contribution to Collections over the past two years, and we thank her for her service. Pam will now devote all her time to her academic duties at the University of Iowa and her responsibilities as interim director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, which sustained severe damage during this summer’s floods. We would also like to thank assistant editor Elisa Ewing, who managed to keep Collectionsmoving while disaster struck in Iowa.

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A Letter from the Outgoing Editor

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The contents of this issue are rich with perspective: from the past to the present and future. Here, Rose Kubiatowicz explains toxicity of ethnobotanical objects that are stored long-term with an exploration of objects from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Oh No! Ethnobotany program. Hsiao-Yun Chu explores the rich self­documentation of R. Buckminster Fuller found in his archive deposited at Stanford University. Yun Shun Susie Chung discusses intangible heritage of communities and heritage planning, particularly historical events and organizations. Bertram Lyons addresses ethnographic recordings, advocating for the development of responsible methods to identify potentially sensitive cultural heritage recordings within sound collections. Susan E. Fishman-Armstrong and Deborah Rose Van Horn fully analyze bar coding systems by laying out the make-up of such systems, the limitations, and feasibility of implementing and using them as part of an institution’s collection management. Finally, Margot Note offers a review of Jeannette Allis Bastian and Donna Webber’s manual on archival internships. Published by the Society of American Archivists, this is a work that will serve to guide current practitioners and future professionals in the field.

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Rose Kubiatowicz

Museum Associate, Science Museum of Minnesota and Registrar, Minnesota Historical Society, 2593 Sumac Ridge, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. Email: rosekubi@earthlink.net

Abstract     Pharmacologically active natu ral prod ucts including toxins can survivein ethnobotanical objects stored long-term and can remain stable in quantities great enough to represent a potential hazard to museum personnel. In April 2006, twenty-one samples from suspected hazardous ethnobotanical objects identified by the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Oh No! Ethnobotany program (Kubiatowicz and Benson 2003), ranging in age from twenty-five to one-hundred-fourteen-years old, underwent organ ic residue analysis using gas and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Samples were taken from the following objects: cu rare-tipped darts, poison-tipped arrows, barbasco vine, ayahuasca branches, yoco vine, opium pipe, kava roots, tobacco cigar, tobacco plug, clavo huasca vine, quinine branch, Precatory pea seed, Ceylon drug bundles and a Tibetan altar bottle. Pharmacologically active natural products were identified in twelve of twenty samples tested (60%). The toxin tubocurarine was identified in four of six curare samples in quantities great enough to represent a potential hazard to museum personnel.

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