Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course Offered March 3-4

Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course Offered March 3-4
Register online here

Do you have artifacts in your museum collection that are outside of your museum’s mission? Do you have eagle feathers in your collection but are unaware of the laws surrounding their possession? Are you unfamiliar with a Deed of Gift or unsure when to use it?

 If you answered yes to any of these questions or have OTHER collections questions, then the Museum Accessioning and Registration of Collections (MARC) Course, developed by the Oklahoma Museums Association, is for you!

 This course teaches a solid foundation of basic museum collections knowledge. MARC is a great course for staff and volunteers working with museum collections, artifact donations, exhibit loans, and much more.

The two-day MARC Course will be held March 3-4 at The Museum Broken Arrow from 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Thursday and 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Friday. Lunch is on your own each day.

Day one of MARC will cover mission statements, conflicts of interest, ethics, collections management policies, collecting plans, collections committees, and legal issues relating to museum collections and deaccessioning. Day two will focus on the process of artifact donations including proper documentation, the physical application of a number, cataloging artifact information, loans and insurance.

The instructor for the course will be Karen Whitecotton. Karen has a broad range of museum collection experience including working at a state museum, tribal cultural center, and private collection. Also, Karen serves on the OMA board of directors.

Registration is $150 and includes handouts and instruction for both days. Institutions sending multiple participants receive a discounted registration as follows: $225 for two people, $300 for three people and $375 for four people. The registration deadline is February 22. Space is limited to twelve participants on a first come, first served basis. Register online here.

Marking kits used in the course on the second day of instruction are available from Gaylord Archival Supplies at or by calling 1.800.448.6160 and ordering with priority code OMAKIT. Purchase of a kit is not necessary; two sample kits will be provided for participants to share during the course.

One scholarship will be offered to an OMA member. (Scholarship recipient must commit to attending both days.) The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 17. Apply for scholarship here.

The MARC Course is sponsored in part by Oklahoma Arts CouncilKirkpatrick Family FundOklahoma City Zoological Park & Botanical Garden, Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, Daystar Foundation & Library, Inc. and The Museum Broken Arrow. OMA reserves the right to cancel this course if a minimum number of participants is not met.