University of Minnesota Archaeology Collection

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$77,896
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Historical Society
Status
In Progress
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Inventory
Preservation
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, History Partnerships

Appropriation Language

History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$77,896
Direct expenses
$77,896
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.85
Project Overview

Partner: The University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

A large and important collection of Minnesota artifacts will be organized and inventoried through this partnership. Artifacts in the collection represent some of Minnesota's premier archaeological sites including the 8,000-year-old Itasca Bison Kill Site at Lake Itasca State Park and the Cooper Site, a 17th century Dakota village at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. Work completed through December 2012 includes a physical inventory of 1,400 boxes of artifacts, updates to more than 5,000 records in the MHS Collections Management System and development of priorities for future conservation activities. This work will ultimately give the public better access to this collection, made up of materials collected over 70 years. This project will also improve the security of the artifacts by bringing their storage conditions and collections management data up to museum standards.

Project Details
The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society will hire staff to organize and make an inventory of a large and important collection of Minnesota artifacts. This work will ultimately give the public better access to this collection, comprised of 1400 boxes containing 70 years worth of materials. Artifacts in the collection represent some of Minnesota's premier archaeological sites like the 8,000-year-old Itasca Bison Kill Site at Lake Itasca State Park and the Cooper Site, a 17th century Dakota village at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. This project will also improve the security of the artifacts by bringing their storage conditions and collections management data up to museum standards.
Project Manager
First Name
Patricia
Last Name
Emerson
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55102
Phone
612-725-2410