Assignment 5: Collections Research (15 points)
On February 22, you will view the exhibits in the USU MOA and then the class will be divided into groups of no more than four students. Each group will be assigned one of the following eight exhibits: 1. Navajo Weaving, 2. Great Basin Basketry, 3. Samoan Ceremonies, 4. Papua New Guinea Rituals, 5. Africa, 6. Southwestern Pottery, 7. Peruvian Textiles and Ceramics, 8. Petra Ceramics and Coins. As a group you will be responsible for researching the collection, and individually you will be responsible for researching one object in your assigned collection. During class on February 22nd you will select your object.
On Feb. 29th and Mar. 5th our class will be meeting in the Library to do research. Carol Kochan, the Anthropology librarian will be assisting you and your group with collections research.
On February 29th, class will meet at 4:30 in the Library, Room 122.
On March 5th, class will meet at 4:30 in the Library, Room 155.
Please do not be late!
On February 29th, your group will work together to research the collection to which you’ve been assigned. This will allow all students to research basic background information for their object. On March 5th you will be conducting research independently on the object you selected to research.
Rather than producing a standard paper based on your research, you will produce text for the USU MOA web site. If your research is of sufficiently high quality, it will be added to this section of our web site, where you, your friends, family, and e-visitors can enjoy it for some time to come. I will provide a template to guide you in the collection and proper reporting of your data, so that everyone’s research is comparable and easily posted to the MOA web site. This assignment is due via Canvas by April 2nd by 11:59pm.
I would encourage you to share rough drafts of this assignment among your group members, drop by my office hours, or make an appointment with me so that I can make sure your research is headed in the right direction. You and your group will also need to make an appointment with me to photograph your object and research the donor/lender of the object.
Quality and Accuracy of Research (10 points)
Spelling/Grammar/Clarity of Writing (5 points)
Assignment 5: Collections Research Template
Object ID: Assession/Catalog Number or Loan Number
Picture: Picture of the item with scale included. Submit this picture also as an attachment in Canvas. Photographs should be at least 300dpi, in tiff format.
Donor(s)/Lender(s): This information is in our records. You will need to make an appointment to get this info if you do not have time to access it during class on Feb. 27th.
Cultural Affiliation: With what cultural group is the item affiliated?
Date of Manufacture: When was the item made? Some of the items are reproductions, so be careful.
Place of Manufacture: Where was the item made? Be as specific as possible: country, state, city, etc.
Manufacturing Technique: Step-by-step process by which the object was created.
Materials: What materials were used in the manufacture and decoration of the object?
Function: What was the object used for?
Designs/Symbolism: Describe any designs present on the object and relate the symbolism of each.
Size and Condition: Length, width, and thickness measured in centimeters. For circular objects indicate measurements as diameter, height, and thickness.
Search Terms: For research purposes, list several key words of phrases that could be used as search terms.
Other Information: Other information you found during the course of your research that is relevant and important to the object.
References for Collection: 5-10 references your group found as background information on your assigned collection.
References for Object: The references you found and used during your object research.