Collecting to Strength, Subverting Tradition: Curatorship in the 2010s
Collecting to Strength, Subverting Tradition: Curatorship in the 2010s
WhenFriday, July 19, 2019, 1 – 2 PM
CategoriesLectures & Discussions
SponsorSmithsonian Libraries
VenueNatural History Museum
Event LocationQ?rius Theater
Related ExhibitionMagnificent Obsessions: Why We Collect is now on view in the National Museum of American History.
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Selecting books, manuscripts, and archives for a particular special collections library requires respecting the past and speculating about the future. In this talk, Molly Schwartzburg will discuss some of my experiences collecting rare materials at Univeristy of Virginia over the last seven years, a time of great turbulence for the university, Charlottesville, and the nation. Special Collections are, on the surface, sites of scholarly stability, but our collection development mirrors the challenges around us. What should we collect, and what shouldn't we collect, in a time of cultural turmoil?

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