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  • Bulletin #78 (PDF): November 2014, Feature: Intern at Sheldon Jackson Museum (Haines), Ask ASM: Polyurethane foam in museums, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: 22 grants awarded to Alaska museums and cultural centers.

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  • Bulletin #77 (PDF): October 2014, Feature: My Summer in Anaktuvuk, Ask ASM: Use of an artifact for commercial purposes, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Pratt Museum in Homer.
  • Bulletin #76 (PDF): May, 2014. Feature: Crate Ideas. Ask ASM: Messy collections: oil in an oil can, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Ahtna Heritage Foundation.
  • Bulletin #75 (PDF): April, 2014. Feature: Crating with Coroplast. Ask ASM: Museum vs. Heritage Center, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Kodiak Maritime Museum.
  • Bulletin #74 (PDF): March, 2014. Feature: A Museum Move Lesson: A museum moving experience is also physical. Ask ASM: Flask of mercury in a museum, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Big Change in GIA This Year!.
  • Bulletin #73 (PDF): February, 2014. Feature: Concertinas, Curators, Banjos, and Boats: A Visit with Steve Brown. Ask ASM: Writing on CDs/DVDs, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Seward Museum.
  • Bulletin #72 (PDF): January, 2014. Feature: The Arctic Drum. Ask ASM: Fish scales on XtraTufs, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Juneau-Douglas City Museum.


  • Bulletin #71 (PDF): Decemeber, 2013. Feature: The Museum's Big Move. Ask ASM: Bugs, rodents, light and moisture, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: The Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak, AK.
  • Bulletin #70 (PDF): November, 2013. Feature: Snapshot of Shipwreck Artifact Treatments. Ask ASM: Displaying archival materials, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Alpine Historical Society in Sutton, AK.
  • Bulletin #69 (PDF): October, 2013. Feature: Museum Adventures in Anaktuvuk Pass by Sarah Schaefer. Ask ASM: Old store-style glass cases for use in exhibiting objects, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Baranov Museum in Kodiak.
  • Bulletin #68 (PDF): Septemeber, 2013. Feature: Interview with Jackie Fernandez. Ask ASM: Handling scrapbooks, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Sealaska Heritage Institute.
  • Bulletin #67 (PDF): August, 2013. Feature: Transforming Galleries with Paint. Ask ASM: UV light & filters, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Climate Control at the Alutiiq Museum.
  • Bulletin #66 (PDF): July, 2013. Feature: The Big Move, Part 1. Ask ASM: Mold/Mildew on books & papers, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: FY2014 Grant winners.
  • Bulletin #65 (PDF): June, 2013. Feature: Interview with Aaron Elmore. Ask ASM: Signage for break rooms, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: New computer for McLain Memorial Museum, Alaska Museums in the News: Three part series on the SLAM project
  • Bulletin #64 (PDF): May, 2013. Feature: Due Diligence, Ask ASM: Labeling on rocks, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Applications due June 3, Alaska Museums in the News: UA Museum of the North looks at ways to reverse decline in admissions.
  • Bulletin #63 (PDF): April, 2013. Feature: Update on Science on a Sphere, Ask ASM: Adhesives for exhibition labels, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Now accepting applications.
  • Bulletin #62 (PDF): March, 2013. Feature: Interview with Claire Imamura, Ask ASM: Frost on wood structure, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Sitka Historical Society.
  • Bulletin #61 (PDF): February, 2013. Feature: Native Artist Demonstrators at 25, Ask ASM: Flash photography in galleries, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Baranov Museum.
  • Bulletin #60 (PDF): January, 2013. Feature: SLAM Project Breaks Ground!, Ask ASM: Drying out after a storm, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Seldovia Museum.


  • Bulletin #59 (PDF): December, 2012. Feature: Interview with new ASM Registrar Addison Field, Ask ASM: Classifying photographs, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Alaska Museum of Natural History.
  • Bulletin #58 (PDF): November, 2012. Feature: Top 13 Reasons We Don’t Use Leather Dressings at the ASM, Ask ASM: Storing snow shoes, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Anchorage Museum, Intern report: Kate Duffy.
  • Bulletin #57 (PDF): October, 2012. Feature: Lights, Camera, Museums!, Ask ASM: "Reusing" artifacts?, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Intern report: Emma Dailey.
  • Bulletin #56 (PDF): September, 2012. Feature: Disasters in Museums, Ask ASM: Nurse's syringe kit, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Sheldon Jackson Museum, Intern report: Kaleigh Paré.
  • Bulletin #55 (PDF): August 8, 2012. Feature: Portable XRF at ASM, Ask ASM: Cats on staff?, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Seward Museum, ASM on the Road: Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, Intern report: Sarah Cloutier
  • Bulletin #54 (PDF): July 18, 2012. Feature: Using QR Codes, Ask ASM: Cracking wood, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: FY 2013 award winners, ASM on the Road: Rapuzzi collection, Skagway.
  • Bulletin #53 (PDF): June 20, 2012. Feature: Sheldon Jackson Museum Artist Residency Program, Ask ASM: Adhesives for exhibition labels, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Alpine Historical Society, ASM on the Road: Pioneer Museum.
  • Bulletin #52 (PDF): May 23, 2012. Feature: ASM Wins Ross Merrill Award, Ask ASM: Freezing textiles, Conference Review: American Institute for Conservation, Intern report; Logan Lott, Volunteer Viewpoint: Anna Thompson.
  • Bulletin #51 (PDF): April 18, 2012. Feature: Fungus Among Us, Ask ASM: Plexi cleaner, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Conference Review: 2012 Clan Conference.
  • Bulletin #50 (PDF): March 28, 2012. Feature: How to Organize Your Spring Cleaning, Ask ASM: Computer-operated HVAC systems, ASM on the Road: Hoonah, Conference Review: Alaska Anthropological Association.
  • Bulletin #49 (PDF): February 22, 2012. Feature: SLAM project, Ask ASM: Wet picture frames, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: the Baronov Museum, ASM on the Road: Alaska Native Libraries, Archives and Museums summit museum boot camp.
  • Bulletin #48 (PDF): January 25, 2012. Feature: Museums: Where to start how to keep up, Ask ASM: SortKwikfinger moistener, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: The Sealaska Heritage Institute, ASM on the Road: The Alaska Jewish Museum and Cultural Center.


  • Bulletin #47 (PDF): December 29, 2011. Feature: Education Outreach Through Real Artifacts, Ask ASM: Storing books, Spotlight on Grant-in-Aid: Museum of the Aleutians, ASM on the Road: Pelican Museum, Intern Report: Nichelle Rich.
  • Bulletin #46 (PDF): November 16, 2011. Feature: Sheldon Jackson Museum’s New Curator, Ask ASM: Mounted bald eagles, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Kodiak Maritime Museum, Volunteer Viewpoint: Caroline Hedin, Internship Report: Lisa Huntsha.
  • Bulletin #45 (PDF): October 19, 2011. Feature: Fur ID Project 101, Ask ASM: Skin drums, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: The Kenaitze Indian Tribe, ASM on the Road: Yup'ik masks return from Paris, Conference Review: 2011 American Association for State and Local History, Intern report: Brianna Wright.
  • Bulletin #44 (PDF): September 29, 2011. Feature: What's That White Stuff?, Ask ASM: Preserving audiovisual material, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: the Ahtna Cultural Center, Volunteer Viewpoint: Bianca Carpeneti, Book Report: Riches, rivals and radicals: 100 years of museums in America, Intern report: Fran Ritchie.
  • Bulletin #43 (PDF): August 24, 2011. Feature: Photography and Colonialism in North America, Ask ASM: Bead disease, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Sam Fox Museum, Dillingham, ASM on the Road: Sitka museum assessment program, Intern Report: Crista Pack, Book Review: Manual of museum exhibitions.
  • Bulletin #42 (PDF): July 20, 2011. Feature: From Cannery to Curator, Ask ASM: Accession numbers, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Ketchikan Museum, ASM on the Road: Kenai Fjords National Park, Book Report: A legal primer on managing museum collections, 2nd edition.
  • Bulletin #41 (PDF): June 30, 2011. Feature: History in a Can, Ask ASM: Cataloguing collections, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: Eagle Historical Society Museum, ASM on the Road: Seldovia, Homer and Tenakee Springs, Conference Review: 2011 American Institute for Conservation, Volunteer Viewpoint: Loeke Molenaar, SLAM Dunk.
  • Bulletin #40 (PDF): May 18, 2011. Feature: Does Your Museum Need a Docent Program, ASK ASM: Removing photos from old albums, Spotlight on Grant in Aid: GIA reporting revamp, ASM on the Road: Artifact conservation in Anchorage, Book Report: Caring for your family's treasures.
  • Bulletin #39 (PDF): April 20, 2011. Feature: Science on a Sphere, Rolled Regalia, Grant in Aid Applications, Juneau Douglas City Museum Grant in Aid Project, Jackie Manning in Fairbanks, Ellen Carrlee at the Alutiiq Museum, Jennifer Brown’s Internship Report, Standards and Excellence Program.
  • Bulletin #38 (PDF): March 23, 2011. Feature: Tax Time for Museums New and Old, Storage in Ziploc bags, Grant in Aid project at the Baranov Museum, Bob Banghart in Kodiak, Little Triple A Conference Review, Alaska Native Libraries Archives and Museums Summit, State Libraries Archives and Museums Project.
  • Bulletin #37 (PDF): February 23, 2011. Paper conservation projects, Volunteers, Alaska Museum Film Day Reminder, Standard in Excellence Program (StEPs).
  • Bulletin #36 (PDF): January 19, 2011. - First issue of e-Bulletin, youth activities, Grant in Aid.



  • Bulletin #31 (PDF): Spring 2009. Interns to Alaska Museums, SLAM Project update, Alaska Native Museum


  • Bulletin #30 (PDF): Fall 2008: Managing Dust; Grant-in-Aid Awards; Buffered Paper; Haines Sheldon Museum
  • Bulletin #29 (PDF): Spring 2008: Pest Mgmt; Baranov Museum; Accessioning vs Cataloging




  • Bulletin #22 (PDF): Summer 2005 Features article on fee structures for the use of photographs.










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