Nicolette Blum Meister


Curator of Collections, Interim Director, Instructor of Museum Studies, and Faculty Director of Center for Collections Care


  meistern@beloit.edu   608-363-2305   Room 111, Godfrey Hall

Nicolette earned her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and M.S. in museum studies and anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her museum experience includes work at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Denver Art Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Pitt Rivers Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology at Oxford University. 

Her work focuses on the management and preservation of the Logan’s collections, increasing curricular points of access to the museum’s collections, teaching collections management in the Museum Studies Program, and directing the Center for Collections Care (C3). She has co-authored and implemented seven NEH and IMLS grant proposals to increase the preservation of and access to Logan Museum collections.

Nicolette also serves on the Board of Directors of the Beloit Historical Society and co-founded and annually co-chairs the Stateline Small Museums Conference.

Course Taught

Introduction to Collections Management, Beloit College

Introduction to Museum Studies, Beloit College (co-taught)

Craft Production in Oaxaca, Beloit College (co-taught)

Field Excursion to Oaxaca, Mexico, Beloit College (co-taught)

Storage Solutions, Center for Collections Care, Beloit College

Care of Ethnographic Collections, International Preservation Studies Center

Grant Writing for Collections Care: Federal Grants, International Preservation Studies Center

Featured Publications

2019   A Guide to the Preventive Care of Archaeological Collections. Advances in Archaeological Practice. Vol. 7, No. 3:267-273.

2016   Assessing the Impact of Curricular Collections Use at a Liberal Arts College (with Kylie E. Quave). Museum Management and Curatorship. Vol. 32, No. 1:2-19.

2015   Contextualizing Collections Management in Academic Museums. In: Collections Care and Stewardship: Innovative Approaches for Museums, pp. 43-52. Rowman & Littlefield.

2012   Collections Planning: Best Practice in Collections Stewardship (with Jackie Hoff). In: The Small Museums Toolkit, Collections and Historic Preservation, pp. 108-131. AltaMira Press.

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