Archival Anecdotes: The Lives of Museum Volunteers


April 3, 2023

This wooden chair joined the museum's kitchen display after Elvera Johnson purchased it at an auction in 1973. It is quite ordinary in character, ordinary enough it evoke familiarity in many museum patrons.

There are many elements involved in keeping a museum. When I first began offering my archival skills to the Eddy County Museum, my primary task was to document each artifact and enter it into a spreadsheet database. With more than 3,000 artifacts on display, it was a daunting task. However it had been attempted before, in a notebook, years before computers and digital spreadsheets were accessib...

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