Natural History Museums: Directions for Growth

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Paisley S. Cato, Clyde Jones
Texas Tech University Press, 1991 - Education - 252 pages
All persons involved with natural history museums—from administrators to exhibit designers—will find this work useful. The chapters in the volume provide a general overview as well as address specific topics concerning the roles and functions of natural history museums. Topics in this survey include conservation, care, use, management, and preservation of collections; the role of exhibits and other educational materials, as well as ideas and guidelines for some exciting new approaches for this facet of natural history museums; and, in addition, useful information about possible sources of funding for natural history museums.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
Roles and Functions
1
THE NATURE OF UNIVERSITY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS
3
WHAT IS A STATE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY?
11
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS AS A FUNCTION OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
39
Collections
47
ADDRESSING PRESERVATION CONCERNS AND MAINTAINING THE INTEGRITY OF RESEARCH SPECIMENS
49
COLLECTIONS CARE IN A SMALL NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
59
THE EVOLUTION OF EXHIBITIONS IN A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
123
AN EXAMPLE IN CORPUS CHRISTI
135
NATURAL HISTORY LOAN MATERIALS FOR THE CLASSROOM
147
TRAVELING EXHIBITS AS A STRATEGY FOR UNIVERSITYSTATE MUSEUMS OF NATURAL HISTORY
157
THE ROLE OF NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS IN IMPROVING SCIENCE EDUCATION IN RURAL SCHOOLS
169
The Future
197
FOUNDATION FUNDING FOR NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS
199
ANTHROPOLOGY IN NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS
211

CONSERVATION PROBLEMS OF FLUIDPRESERVED COLLECTIONS
67
POLICIES CONCERNING THE USE AND MANAGEMENT OF ANCILLARY PREPARATIONS IN VERTEBRATE SYSTEMATICS COLLECTIO...
89
A CENTURY OF CHANGE IN VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY COLLECTIONS
103
BETWEEN SCYLLA AND CHRYBDIS
111
Exhibits and Education
121
AN OXYMORON?
219
ARE WE GOING IN CIRCLES?
237
CONTRIBUTORS
249
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