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Online course on abandoned property

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008
MS 303: Found in the Collection: Orphans, Old Loans and Abandoned
    Property (New course)
Instructor: Lin Nelson-Mayson
Dates: February 4-29, 2008
Price: $425
Location:  <URL:>

Description: Every museum has a few stray items. Some lost tags long
ago. Others turn up as surprises during inventories. A few are all
that remain from long-ago exhibits. While you'll want to keep some,
others may be deteriorating. Even worse, some pose significant
hazards for staff and the rest of the collection. All raise legal
and professional questions. How do you deal with objects that have
no records? Or loans from unidentified or deceased lenders? Found in
the Collection addresses how to identify abandoned objects and old
loans. It further covers the application of state laws and rules for
identifying owners or establishing ownership.

Course Outline

    Definitions and legislation
    Identification and process - Abandoned property and "Found in
        the Collection"
    Identification and process - Old Loans
    Systems to regulate future problems

Logistics: Participants in Found in the Collection work through
sections on their own. Instructor Lin Nelson-Mayson is available for
scheduled email support. Materials and resources include online
literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and online
chats led by the instructor. The course is limited to 20

Found in the Collection runs six weeks. Please enroll at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org.

Textbook: The New Museum Registration Methods, 4th edition.  Edited
by Rebecca A. Buck and Jean Allman Gilmore.  427 pages (American
Association of Museums; 1998)  ISBN: 0-931201-31-4. Available
through American Association of Museums. $55.00 (non-member cost)
$40.00 (member cost)

The Instructor:

    Lin Nelson-Mayson, with over 25 years of museum experience at
    small and large institutions, is currently the director of the
    Goldstein Museum of Design, part of the University of
    Minnesota's College of Design. Ms Nelson-Mayson's experience
    includes teaching museum studies and museology courses.  Her
    particular interest is the needs of small museums. While at the
    Columbia Museum of Art, she chaired South Carolina's
    newly-created Abandoned Cultural Property Committee. The
    Committee promoted the state's recently adopted abandoned
    cultural property and old loan legislation and reviewed
    applications made by museums for claims under the law. In
    Minnesota, Ms. Nelson-Mayson initiated a committee that worked
    with the Minnesota Legislature to ultimately adopt abandoned
    cultural property and old loan legislation for Minnesota. She
    lectures to museum professionals and students on the topic of
    abandoned cultural property and old loans.

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