StEPs Lab 3 – The ABCs of FICs: What to do about ‘Found in Collection” Items

 

Recorded June 24, 2015

Duration 1:31:27

StEPS Lab 3In this StEPs Lab, we discuss FICs, those mysterious artifacts that show up in your collection without a signed deed of gift or other paperwork. What do you do with FICs? Do you accession and number them the same as permanent collection items? Where might you look for clues about their donor or lender? What do abandoned property laws have to do with FICs? And finally, why is it important for your organization to have its collections paperwork in order?

Our guest speaker is Melissa Owens, Registrar and Exhibits Coordinator for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City. Owens has more than 25 years of experience working in both small and large museums in the areas of curatorial, registration, exhibitions, collections management, and administration. Paid and unpaid staff and collections volunteers from organizations of all sizes, especially smaller ones, will want to take part in this online event.

Participants enrolled in AASLH’s StEPs program will benefit from a discussion on how they can meet performance indicators related to the topic.

PrintWhat are StEPs Labs? Participation in StEPs Labs offers in-depth information on topics central to the operation of your museum, historic house, site, or related organization. Applying what you learn in a Lab to your organization’s policies and practices means you are making meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates you earn. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and a museum that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.

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