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Who's That Man in the Museum?
By Erica Cruz

I

f you have been in
the UFDC Museum
lately, you might have
noticed an unfamiliar
person walking around,
a man who seems to be
on a mission. Perhaps
you thought to yourself,
"Hmm, I don't recognize
him..." Well, don't be
alarmed! This is Gerry
Hubbell, and he is
currently volunteering
as the registrar at the
museum! Gerry is
working toward earning
his master's degree in Public History from the University
of Missouri, Kansas City, which will further prepare him
for museum work. One of the major requirements of the
University program is an internship at a museum, which
he has already fulfilled at the UFDC Museum.
Gerry began working as an intern in our museum
in the summer of 2019. When that internship was
completed, he returned to the museum as the volunteer
Registrar. Gerry's principal goal is working with Past
Perfect, a collection software used to catalog artifacts
and match up files and photos with the dolls in the
collection. According to Gerry, "when I said 'Past
Perfect' to my advisor, she was fully persuaded that
this was an excellent opportunity to support my class
work. She was right." Due to Gerry's special training
in working with the software, he has helped to increase
the collection's catalog numbers significantly. The
number of dolls that have been paired with their photos
has increased by 3,286 and the number of dolls with
documented insurance values has risen by over 1,500.
Additionally, better categorizing of the dolls for search
purposes including title of the object, maker's mark,
measurements and body type have been added.
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Gerry's priority
goals are currently
verifying the descriptive
titles (Good Title)
and insurance value
for each item in the
collection. The term
"Good Title" means that
the museum owns the
item, and that the item
is properly documented
as part of the permanent
collection, allowing for
the museum to legally
share the item outside
of the museum. When
the museum receives a donation, the donor signs a form
giving complete ownership of the item to the museum.
This way, the museum can choose to include a doll in
a traveling exhibition, so that more people are able to
admire it. Having proper documentation of every item
in the museum is crucial to running an accurate catalog,
which is why this makes Gerry's priority list.
To give a little background about Gerry Hubbell,
he earned his bachelor's degree in Business
Administration from California State University in
1979. He worked a number of jobs in San Francisco
before moving to Kansas City in 1989, where he spent
the remainder of his career until he retired in 2015. He
has a background in book reconciliation, which relates
directly with the work he's doing for the museum.
He earned his first master's degree in Art History in
2018, and as stated before, is currently completing his
second master's degree in Public History. The archival
work that Gerry is doing at the UFDC Museum is not
only beneficial to fulfilling his degree requirements but
is also of great value to UFDC. So, when you see the
"Man in the Museum" be sure and thank him for his
contribution to our organization.



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