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Why is Our Collection Important?

The Registrar's Office is the repository for all of the original accession and loan records that date back to the opening of the Museum in 1913. Collections staff and researchers regularly consult our accession files to find background information on objects and specimens in the collections, verify accession numbers, or confirm connections between objects and specimens and the corresponding donors. 

Registrars' Contact Information

General registration-related inquiries can be directed to: (213) 763-3406

Fax: (213) 746-3628

Katie Kramer, Assistant Registrar
Accessions and Outgoing Loans
(213) 763-3406
kkramer@nhm.org

 Theresa Manalo
Associate Registrar
Incoming Loans
(213) 763-3403
tmanalo@nhm.org

Susan Oshima
Chief Registrar
(213) 763-3407
soshima@nhm.org

 

Registrar's Office Resources

As stewards of the collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Registrar's Office strives to uphold good practices of collections care. The selected titles below are some of the many resources that the Registrar's Office refers to.

Selected Bibliography

American Association of Museums, and Association of Art Museum Directors. Gifts of Property: A Guide for Donors and Museums. Washington, DC:  American Association of Museums, 1986.

Buck, Rebecca A., and Jean Allman Gilmore. Collection Conundrums:  Solving Collections Management Mysteries. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2007.

Buck, Rebecca A., and Jean Allman Gilmore, eds. The New Museum Registration Methods. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1998.

Buck, Rebecca A., and Jean Allman Gilmore. On the Road Again: Developing and Managing Traveling Exhibitions. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2003.

Cato, Paisley S., Julia Golden, and Suzanne B. McLaren (compiled and edited by). Museum Wise. Washington, DC: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 2003.

Demeroukas, Marie, ed. Basic Condition Reporting, A Handbook. 3rd ed. Southeastern Registrars Association, 1998.

Fahy, Anne, ed. Collections Management. New York, NY: Routledge, 1995.

Gardner, James B., and Elizabeth E. Merritt. The AAM Guide to Collections Planning. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2004.

Horne, Stephen A. Way To Go! Crating Artwork for Travel. Hamilton, NY: Gallery Association of New York State, Inc., 1985.

ICOM, and the International Committee on Museum Security. Museum Security and Protection: A handbook for cultural heritage institutions. Edited by David Liston. New York, NY: Routledge, 2000.

Koelling, Jill Marie. Digital Imaging:  A Practical Approach. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 2004.

Lord, Allyn, Carolyn Reno, and Marie Demeroukas. Steal This Handbook! A Template for Creating a Museum’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. Southeastern Registrars Association, 1994.

Lord, Gail Dexter, and Barry Lord, eds. The Manual of Museum Planning. 2nd ed. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press, 1999.

Malaro, Marie C. A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

Reibel, Daniel B. Registration Methods for the Small Museum. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1978.

Rose, Cordelia. Courierspeak. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.

Simmons, John E. Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2006.

Thornes, Robin, with Peter Dorrell and Henry Lie. Introduction to Object ID: Guidelines for Making Records that Describe Art, Antiques, and Antiquities. Los Angeles, CA:  The J. Paul Getty Trust, 1999.

Weil, Stephen E., ed. A Deaccession Reader. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 1997.

Weisz, Jackie (compiled by), Roxana Adams, ed. Codes of Ethics and Practice of Interest to Museums. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2000.

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