Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls

Date of Award

12-2011

Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

History, M.A.

Department

History and Social Studies Education Department

Advisor

Kathryn H. Leacock, M.A. Lecturer, History and Social Studies Education

Department Home page

http://history.buffalostate.edu/

First Reader

Kathryn H. Leacock, M.A. Lecturer, History and Social Studies Education

Second Reader

Cynthia A. Conides, Ph. D. Associate Professor, History and Social Studies Education

Abstract

The significance of a museum collection has changed over the years, in how it is managed and cared for, and how it is viewed by the public. Best practice mandates that professional policies and guidelines be developed to standardize the acquisition, care, and use of all objects or artifacts that are kept within a museum environment. Although human remains are not an exception to these policies, they hold a unique position within museums; standardized guidelines for their care and management are still developing. The following thesis will look into the policies and issues of housing human remains within museums, both on and off public display. Through research and case studies, it will explore the past, present and future of the care and management of human remains in museum collections.

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