2014 Meeting University of Delaware and Hagley Museum & Library

CAMC 2014ers,

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Delaware for our annual meeting at the Hagley Museum and Library on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2.

I’ve attached a schedule. As usual, we’ll spend time around objects, as well as documents and photographs concerning objects, small and large. Especially large this year, since much of the museum and archive at Hagley centers on industrial scale stuff.

In preparation for our visit, Erik Rau, Director, Library Services, asked what you would particularly like to see in their collection. A quick look at the subject guide will give you a sense of the extent of their holdings and the ways in which they might support your own research.


Also useful are the monthly library newsletters, which contain information about recent acquisitions, and the online exhibits:


Return to the main Hagley page to remind yourself (or learn) about what else is available at the site. Please send any suggestions to me by Wednesday 23 April.

In addition to exploring specific Hagley resources, we’ll also have time to talk more broadly about how locating archives and object collections in one place improves both. And as always, our conversations will engage issues of graduate education in material culture studies.

I’ve sent a message separately to those of you who requested accommodations in the Visiting Scholars Residences at Winterthur, just a couple of miles down the road from Hagley. Please make those arrangements separately directly with Winterthur. We will provide transportation to from the museum to Hagley on Thursday and Friday mornings and returning Thursday evening. The list of participants for this 2014 annual meeting is attached.

‘look forward to seeing you next month and to hearing from you in advance about particular things you’d like to see.


FINAL Schedule

Consortium for American Material Culture Annual Meeting
May 1 and 2, 2014
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington (Greenville), Delaware

Thursday May 1

9:00-9:30 Coffee. Copeland Room in the Library (take 298 Buck Road entrance)

9:30-9:40 Opening Remarks Copeland Room
- Introduction to CAMC 2014: Debby Andrews
- Welcome: David Cole, Executive Director, Hagley Museum and Library

9:45-11:15 Session 1. The Research Library as Academic Laboratory I: Promoting research

- Case studies in research: Erik Rau, Director, Library Services
- Product packaging: Kasey Grier and Kevin Martin, Curator, Audiovisual and Digital Collections
- Car sales literature and trade catalogues: Max Moeller, Curator, Published Collections
- Digital preservation: Abby Adams, Digital Archivist, Audiovisual and Digital Collections

11:15-12:00 Tour of Library Stacks and Library Conservation
- Erik Rau and Laura Wahl, Library Conservator

12:00-1:00 Lunch. Copeland Room

1:15 Bus to Hall of Records

1:30-3:00 Session 2. The Museum as Academic Laboratory I: Special challenges in modern object collections
Hall of Records
- Case studies: When is the “first” the first? Identifying and interpreting objects claiming to be the first of their kind: Debra Hughes, Curator of Collections and Exhibits
- Case studies: Challenges of modern materials, multiple makers, prototype research collections: Debra Hughes, Curator of Collections and Exhibits; Keith Minsinger, Museum Registrar/Collections Data Base Manager

3:15 Bus to Museum Visitor Center

3:30-5:00 Session 3. The Museum as Academic Laboratory II: Exploring contemporary issues in historic settings
We’ll walk (weather permitting) with Joan Hoge-North, Director, Museum Services, through the historic powder yards and gather near the site of the turbine restoration project that is returning “green” energy to Hagley

5:00-5:45 Making historic sites relevant to modern visitors
- Joan Hoge-North will present some ideas under development in Hagley’s new interpretive plan, to be followed by a broad discussion of interpretive strategies and models

5:45-6:45 Cocktails. Outside at the Birkenhead Mill, weather permitting. Copeland room otherwise

7:00-9:00 Dinner. Elizabeths (a short drive—transportation arranged)

Friday May 2

9:00-9:30 Coffee. Gallery 1, Soda House (take 298 Buck Road entrance)

9:30-10-15 Session 5. The Research Library as Academic Laboratory II: New Courses and Curricula
- Case studies: Design Collections: Industries and Interiors: Lynn Catanese, Chief Curator of Library Collections
Universal Design
Raymond Loewy
Consumer Research

10:15-11:00 Implications for Courses and Curricula
- Arwen Mohun will facilitate a discussion of these implications

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-11:45 Tour of the Manuscripts and Archives Department stacks
- Erik Rau and Lynn Catanese

12:15-1:00 Lunch at the Visiting Scholars Residence, Winterthur (by car)

1:00-2:00 Session 6. Libraries and Museums as Academic Laboratories: Some Conclusions
- Debby Andrews will facilitate a general discussion

2:00-2:30 Next Steps for CAMC
A look forward: meeting site(s), roster of participants, projects

3:00-4:00 (Optional) hard-hat tour of the oldest paper mill (turn of the century) that belonged to National Vulcanized Fiber Corporation, now defunct and being turned into a museum by the Auburn Heights Preserve, the newest Delaware state park. Dan Citron, Park Manager. Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Transportation arranged (it’s nearby).

Attendees CAMC 2014

Linda Driskill, Rice University
Nancy Davis, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Friday)
Cindy Falk, Cooperstown Graduate Program
Steve Lubar, Brown University
Anne VerPlanck, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg
Shirley Wajda, Michigan State University Museum
Catherine Whalen, Bard Graduate Center
Fath Ruffins, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Wendy Woloson, Rutgers University-Camden (Friday)

Debby Andrews, University of Delaware
David Cole, Hagley Museum and Library
Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware
Kasey Grier, University of Delaware
Joan Hoge-North, Hagley Museum
Arwen Mohun, University of Delaware
Erik Rau, Hagley Library


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