The Education Collection is an artificial collection of artifacts and memorabilia maintained for use in exhibits, instruction, and other teaching purposes. Items in this collection may be reproductions or period artifacts, but lack documentation or significance, or duplicate objects already represented in the University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13) and the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss 1.03). Items in this collection are intentionally used in exhibits or instruction with the understanding that this will shorten the life of the objects.
Artifacts are organized according to Nomenclature 3.0 for Museum Cataloging: Third Edition of Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Man-Made Objects, which is published by AltaMira Press in cooperation with the American Association for State and Local History. Nomenclature 3.0 classifies artifacts based on their purpose or function.
Categories include: Built Environment Artifacts, Furnishings, Personal Artifacts, Tools and Equipment, Distribution and Transportation Artifacts, Communication Artifacts, Recreational Artifacts, and Unclassifiable Artifacts.
This collection is currently being evaluated, described, and rehoused by staff.