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“I Should Probably Know More:” Reasons For And Roadblocks To The Use Of Historic University Collections In Teaching, Sara Marcketti, Jennifer F. Gordon Jun 2019

“I Should Probably Know More:” Reasons For And Roadblocks To The Use Of Historic University Collections In Teaching, Sara Marcketti, Jennifer F. Gordon

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Collections of dress and textiles can make subjects such as history come to life. However previous studies have shown that many collections are underutilized within university settings. The purpose of this paper is to examine contributing and detracting factors for use. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with curators and collection managers (n = 15) at twelve institutions. Respondents were then asked to recommend faculty members who did (n = 9) or did not use the collection (n = 6). Through data analysis, four major themes were related by the collection managers including: 1) ambiguous roles and unknown collections, 2) continual need for collection ...