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Knowledge is a valuable thing. Saving that knowledge for future generations, well, that takes real money! A seed grant from the Institute of Humanities Research is helping the Institute of Human Origins (IHO) and project collaborator, University Libraries, evaluate and create a work plan to catalog a major collection of papers from IHO Founding Director Donald C. Johanson and the Institute of Human Origins for use by scholars in the future.
A public exhibition of especially interesting materials from the collection will be available for public viewing beginning March 21, 2013 in the Hayden Library Rotunda and Luhrs Gallery located on the 4th floor of Hayden Library. Bill Kimbel, Director of the Institute of Human Origins, Johanson, and Dan Gilfillan, Acting Director of the Institute for Humanities Research, will open a public panel discussion on March 21 at 3:30 pm in room C-6 of Hayden Library. The panel will also include guest commentators Jane Maienschein, Director of Center for Biology and Society, and project collaborators Nancy Dallett, Assistant Director, Public History Program in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies; Rob Spindler, University Archivist and Head of Archives and Special Collections, ASU Libraries; Richard Toon, Museum Studies Program Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Panelists will discuss how this “hidden collection” was identified and assessed, the nature of collecting and collections, museum preservation concerns, and the importance of this collection in advancing scholarship in the history of science. After the panel, an exhibit opening reception will be held at the Luhrs Gallery on the 4th floor of Hayden Library.
ASU faculty and unit directors are encouraged to attend the panel discussion to consider what collections they or their colleagues might have that would be of value to scholars, what steps they can take to preserve and conserve them, and the role of the university in advocating for preservation of its own scholarship.
The Institute of Human Origins is a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
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