Collections Management at the Illinois State Archaeological Survey — Challenges and Opportunities

Kristin M Hedman, Laura Kozuch, Mary R. Hynes

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The Illinois State Archaeological Survey (ISAS) stewards cultural material and documents from over 100 years of archaeological investigations in Illinois. Our primary partner and funding source is the Illinois Department of Transportation. The goals of ISAS are to protect, preserve, and interpret the irreplaceable, nonrenewable cultural resources of Illinois, and disseminate knowledge to both the professional community and the people of Illinois. Integral to our mission is the curation of extensive archaeological research and museum-quality collections, including artifacts, photographs, and paper and digital documents from several thousand archaeological sites. In addition to our main facilities in Champaign, Illinois, ISAS has field stations across the state—each responsible for the initial management of collections generated during the hundreds of field projects that ISAS conducts annually. This presentation will share some challenges we face, and highlight initiatives aimed at preserving and making more accessible several important legacy collections.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram and Abstracts - 61st Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2017


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