Cluttering up the department: Ronald Berndt and the dispersal of the University of Sydney ethnological collection

Gray, Geoffrey (2007) Cluttering up the department: Ronald Berndt and the dispersal of the University of Sydney ethnological collection. ReCollections (Canberra), 2 2: 153-179.

Author Gray, Geoffrey
Title Cluttering up the department: Ronald Berndt and the dispersal of the University of Sydney ethnological collection
Journal name ReCollections (Canberra)
ISSN 1833-4946
1833-1335
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 153
End page 179
Total pages 27
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher National Museum of Australia
Language eng
Abstract The issue of ownership of cultural objects collected by fieldworkers sponsored by the Australian National Research Council (ANRC) between 1927 and 1956, when the ANRC was replaced by the Academy of Science, is now in a sense passé, as these collections have been broken up, and now reside in diverse centres both nationally and internationally. This does not mean that we should not revisit the issue of how the ANRC collection was made, the way it was broken up and distributed, the circumstances around its distribution and the question of ownership — does it reside with the collector, the institution housing the collection, or the funding body? This paper traces Ronald Berndt's attempts to assert ownership over part of the collection housed at the University of Sydney, at the two moments of its redistribution, 1957 and 1980.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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