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Ethnology Collections: Phase II (June 2007-August 2007)

With ethnology storage empty, transformation of the space could begin. In June 2007 Storage Systems Midwest installed the rails for compactor storage and a new concrete floor flush with the tops of the rails. The new floor was then coated with an archival quality epoxy sealant. Before the carriages and cabinets could be installed the electrical system needed to be upgraded to accommodate the compactor's voltage requirement and the lighting adjusted to accommodate the orientation of the compactors. In addition, the walls were patched and painted and remainder of the floor was painted. These services were completed by the Beloit College Physical Plant staff. Staff hours and materials served as cost share for the project.

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Ethnology storage empty of collections and old storage furniture.

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Installation of rails for the compactor storage units.

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New concrete floor with epoxy sealant.

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Installation of carriages to accommodate the Delta Design cabinets.

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Delta Design cabinets being moved inside the Museum.

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Installation of Delta Design cabinets in ethnology storage.

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Installation of Delta Design cabinets in ethnology storage.

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New Delta Design cabinets in ethnology storage.

48 new Delta Design cabinets arrived August 7, 2007. Cabinets were installed in four days. The cabinets drawers and shelves will be lined with polyethylene foam and assigned location codes. We will begin rehousing collections in the new cabinets and begin digitally photographing select collections in September 2007.

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Whole vessels from Paul Nesbitt's 1929-1939
Southwest Expedition housed by site on
new glass shelves.

While ethnology storage was undergoing its transformation, glass shelves were added to the second floor level of the Cube to accommodate the additional collections formerly stored in the cage and ethnology storage. Anna Berg and Nicolette Meister installed over 30 shelves and took advantage of the opportunity to clean existing shelves and reorganize the contemporary Pueblo pottery collection and Southwest archaeological whole vessel collection in a more coherent and consistent manner. Vessels from each Pueblo or archaeological site are now grouped together and objects from catalogued lots are stored on the same shelf for ease of retrieval.