Print Publications


2002 Preserving What is Valued book cover“Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations”, UBC Press, 2002. Available from UBC Press.

Chapters and Contributions

2018 (co-author Ellen Pearlstein) “Museum Conservation” entry, International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell
2015 Coombes, Annie E. and Ruth B. Phillips, (Eds.) “Preserving the Physical Object in Changing Cultural Contexts”, The International Handbooks of Museum Studies: Museum Transformations, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., pp. 387-412
2009 “Conservation and Cultural Significance”, Principles of Conservation, (Eds. A. Richmond and A. Bracker) Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, London, pp.139-149

Chapters (Reprinted Articles)

2015 “First Nations Perspectives on Preservation and Museums,” in Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, Cloonan, Michele Valerie (Ed.), American Library Association Neal-Schuman
2013 Chapter 6, “Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations” (2002), reprinted in Historical Perspectives in Preventive Conservation, Sarah Staniforth (Ed.) Vol. 6., Readings in Conservation, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2013, pp. 26 -31
2011 “Preserving Conceptual Integrity: Ethics and Theory in Preventive Conservation”, Changing Views of Textile Conservation (Eds. M.M. Brooks and D.D. Easthop), The Getty Conservation Institute, L.A., pp. 627 -631
2011 “Preserving Conceptual Integrity: Ethics and Theory in Preventive Conservation”, Preventive Conservation in Museums (Ed. C. Caple) Leicester Readers in Museum Studies, Routledge, London, pp. 435 – 444


2009 “Social Contexts for Conservation: Time, Distance, and Voice in Museums and Galleries”, Journal, Canadian Association for Conservation, Vol. 34, Ottawa, pp.3-9
2008 “Conservation, Protocols, and Praxis”, Postprints, Symposium 2007, Preserving Aboriginal Heritage: Technical and Traditional Approaches, Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, pp.27-34
2003 “Heritage Preservation: Museum Conservation and First Nations Perspectives”, Ethnologies (Quebec/St-Johns), Special issue on Ethnographic Museums. pp.33-45
2001 “The Future of Ethnographic Conservation: A Canadian Perspective”, Past Practice –Future Prospects, The British Museum Occasional Paper Number 145, Oddy, A. and S. Smith (Eds.), The British Museum, London, pp.57-60
1999 “Museum Changes to First Nations Objects, and their Physical and Conceptual Reversibility”, Reversibility: Does it Exist?, 135,in: Oddy, A., and S. Carroll (Eds.), British Museum Occasional Paper Number, The British Museum, London, pp.169-172
1998 “The Social and Historic Construction of Professional Values in Conservation”, Studies in Conservation Vol.43, #1, 1998, pp.1-8
1996 “Reflections on Changes in Museums and the Conservation of Collections from Indigenous Peoples”, Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Summer. Vol.35, pp.99-107
1995 “Conservation and the Current Museum Context”, New Zealand Museums Journal, Vol. 25, pp.35-38
1995 “Caring for your Collection”, Native Peoples Magazine, Vol.9, #1, Fall/Winter, pp.18-20
1995 “Conservation de l’art sacré”, Cahier d’Etudes du Comité international de Conservation: Enjeux et problèmes de conservation-restoration, ICOM, June (short article and panel editor) reprinted in:
1995 Heikell, V., Whiting, D., Clavir, M., Odegaard, N., Kaminitz, M., and Moses, J., “The Conservator’s Approach to Sacred Art”, Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) Newsletter, Vol.17, #3, Sept, pp.15-18
1994 “The Conceptual Integrity of Conservation in Museums” (edited version of Per Guldbeck Memorial Lecture, llC-CG) MUSE Vol. XII, No.3, Fall/Nov 1994, pp.30-34(Version en français, pp.35-39).
1994 “Preserving Conceptual Integrity: Ethics and Theory in Preventive Conservation”, Preprints, IIC Congress, Preventive Conservation: Practice, Theory and Research, Sept 12-16, pp.53-57
1993 “When the Public Asks, How Well-Equipped Are We to Answer” reprinted in “Currently”, Ontario Museum News, Vol.16, #1, Feb/Mar, Ontario Museums Association.
1993 “The Conceptual Integrity of Conservation in Museums”, Per Guldbeck Memorial Lecture, Halifax, May 29, reprinted in Bulletin, IIC-CG, Sept. pp.1-12
1993 “An Examination of the Conservation Codes of Ethics in Relation to Collections from First Peoples,” in Spirydowicz, K. (ed.) First People’s Art and Artifacts: Heritage and Conservation Issues, Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University, pp.1-9
1992 “Multicultural Participation in Conservation Decision-Making”, panel, Western Area Art Conservators Newsletter, Vol.14, #1, pp.13-22
1989 “To Study, Record, Retain and Restore the Culturally Significant Qualities,” guest editorial, Journal, IIC-CG, Vol.14.
1987 “A Discussion on the Use of Museum Artifacts by their Original Owners”, (with curators Elizabeth Johnson and Audrey Shane), Symposium 86: Care and Conservation of Ethnographic Materials, Canadian Conservation Institute, pp.80-89
1982 “An Initial Approach to the Stabilization of Rubber from Archaeological Sites and in Museum Collections”, IIC-CG Journal, Vol.7, No.1 & 2, Spring, pp.3-10

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