Orphaned Archaeological Collection Project Guidelines
The Society for California Archaeology (SCA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) understand the importance and ethical obligation of caring for archaeological collections with respect and ensuring their availability to current and future researchers. We recognize that many collections representing California’s heritage have fallen victim to the curation crisis and have not been properly cared for over the years. Students, collections managers, archaeologists, and curators who are working on these so-called “orphaned collections” are invited to apply for support from the SCA towards cataloging and research on an existing collection.
Thanks to the support of BLM, SCA has a total of $2,600 annually to administer over the next three years. Costs supported include materials and supplies for re-housing collections in archival quality storage, wages, travel and per diem, and research access costs, such as photocopying.
How to Apply:
Please send applications to the SCA Business Office via email by December 15th. Applications should consist of a cover letter containing contact information and a one-paragraph summary of the project, with no more than three (3) pages of additional supporting information outlining the history of the collection, proposed research, and methods and means for circulating the final product. Letters of support are encouraged and can be submitted in addition to the supporting information. Please note that a letter of support from the collections facility, granting access to the collection, is required as part of the application. Please identify your application as such by putting Orphaned Collections Application in the subject line. The winner will be announced at the next Annual Meeting.
2023 SCA Orphaned Archaeological Collections Professional Services and Curation Project
2020 Tyler R. Molter
University of Nevada, Reno
Santa Rosa Island shell midden
2020 Susan Gilliand and Joan Schneider
Curating the Blue Goose
2019 Koji Lau-Ozawa
Santa Barbara’s historic Nihonmachi (Japantown)
Sonoma State University
2018 Kaya Wiggins
Humboldt State University
Cayucos Bluff collection
2017 Sarah Heffner
Yreka Chinatown Collection
2016 Teresa Saltzman
Museum of the American Indian
North Coast Archaeology Society (NCAS) Collection