Teresa Gonzales

Year: 

2015

Teresa Gonzales
Majors: Anthropology and East Asian Studies
Spring 2015 Western Archaeological and Conservation Center (WACC) Arizona State Museum

During my last semester at the University of Arizona I worked part time at the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center (WACC) as a Student Curatorial Technician. WACC is the repository for artifacts and archival records from National Parks across the Southwest region of the United States. I worked in the museum repository, which houses archaeological, ethnographic, and natural history objects. I spent the semester working primarily on a cataloging project for the San Jose de Tumacacori Mission, which is part of the Tumacacori National Historical Park in Santa Cruz County. During my time at WACC I learned how to catalog artifacts following NPS guidelines using the museum collections management software RE: Discovery. I also learned proper storage and handling of different artifact types, including stone, ceramics, and fauna remains.
 
The same semester I also had an internship for course credit at Arizona State Museum in the Archaeological Repository. While some of my duties at ASM were similar to those at WACC, there were many differences since WACC is an NPS facility and ASM is not. For example, my cataloging project at WACC did not include any work with archives, but at ASM the repository does process the archives of the Cultural Resource Management projects it houses. ASM also uses different databases and cataloging software that WACC. I found that working at both facilities helped me understand the ways different types of museums and repositories handle their collections.