Questions related to Museum History
I am searching for innovative and creative methods for engaging children and youngsters with museums histories. Anyone aware of new initiatives or projects?
I have been trying different types of paper to use in labels for ethanol and formalin preserved museum specimens. My mini-experiment included Picofilm, Tyvek, 100% cotton, acid-free (90 and 150 gsm), goatskin and regular 80 gsm stress-free paper marked with pencil, inkjet (HP deskjet) and laser printers. On the short term (two weeks), laser-printed picofilm fared the best, with other types of paper already showing signs of deterioration. I am tempted to take this result as indicative, given that Picofilm (which is made from synthetic, coated polyester) is supposed to be temperature stable and chemically resistant. However, I still have concerns regarding its suitability for long term storage in alcohol and formalin (for example, if it might somehow contaminate the specimens). Has anyone tried Picofilm in this way? Any information or comments would be greatly appreciated.
Dear colleagues! The topic of my research is the "American museums and the formation of national identity in the US, 1877 - 1920". Can you advise me on the matter of searching historic sources concerning the work of American museums in the late 19 - early 20 centuries? As well as those originated in these museums themselves and from the outside. What to start with? Are there any resource guides? I have to admit that I look primarly for electronic versions of documents, books etc but the information about physical library collections and archives will be welcomed, too.