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Foreword Jim Vaughn

Introduction Trevor Jones, Rainey Tisdale, Elizabeth Wood

Active Collections Manifesto Trevor Jones & Rainey Tisdale

Section 1: Conceptual Frameworks

1.Ten Principles for an Anti-Racist, Anti-Orientalist, Activist Approach to Collections Masum Momaya

2. Objects or People? Rainey Tisdale

Interlude 1: Sensory Deprivation: A short play based on a real-life scenario Elizabeth Wood

3. Museum Collections and Public Feelings Modupe Labode

Interlude 2: What Happens When Audiences "Talk" To Objects? Gabriel Taylor

4. Hoarding and Museum Collections: Conceptual Similarities and Differences Gail Steketee

5. The Vital Museum Collection Elizabeth Wood

6. Four Forceful Phrases: An Archival Change Agent Muses on Museology Mark Greene

Interlude 3: We are Collecting Empty Boxes? Elizabeth Wood, with Kayla Al Ameri

7. Rethinking Museum Collections in a Troubled World Robert R. Janes

Interlude 4: Activate Your Object: 51 Questions to Reveal Inactivity Katherine Rieck

Section II: New Ideas and Tools for Change

8. Tier your Collections! A Practical Tool for Making Clear Decisions in Collections Management Trevor Jones

9. #Meaning: Cataloging Active Collections Paul Bourcier

Interlude 5: Question the Database! Vickie Stone

10. Practical Strategies for Addressing Hoarding in Collections Gail Steketee

Interlude 6: Tidying Up Museum Collections Anne Jordan

11. Things in Flux: Collecting in the Constructivist Museum Benjamin Filene

Interlude 7: A (Practical) Inspiration: Do You Know What It Costs You to Collect? Trevor Jones

12. Reworking Collections Management Practices for How We Must Live Now: An Archival Case Study Susan M. Irwin and Linda A. Whitaker

13. Object Reincarnation: Imagining a Future Outside the Permanent Collection Kate Bowell

Interlude 8: Imagine with Us Rainey Tisdale

About the Author

Elizabeth Wood is Professor of museum studies, and public scholar of museums, families, and learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA. Rainey Tisdale is an independent curator who leads for change on field-wide issues including place-based interpretation, collections stewardship, creative practice, and museums and well-being. Trevor Jones is Director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society, USA.

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