One of the most notable collections housed at the Clarke Museum is the Hailstone Collection in Nealis Hall, which you can read more about here. While the majority of the Hailstone Collection consists of baskets, there are also a variety of photographs covering events, regalia, family lineages, and basketry. Albert Hailstone brought by some more photographs to donate to the collection, which have been in the process of being formally added to the collection. Here's a sneak peek at some of the photos that have been donated.
When it comes to processing new donations, it can take a bit of time to complete. The process begins with the donor filling out paperwork and including pertinent information about the item, such as what it is, why it is relevant to local history, its age, or other important information. After the donation is accepted by the museum, in this case a collection of photographs, each item gets a catalog entry and number on our database, photos are scanned, each photo is put in a protective sleeve and put away in the archives. It is a team effort and oftentimes interested volunteers and interns help along with the process. (Interested in helping out? You can send in a digital volunteer application here or stop by the museum to pick one up!)
When the items are officially processed into the collection, they can be accessed by researchers and used in exhibits. Sometimes, they can also appear on our website as well, as part of digital exhibits. A few of the photos from this most recent donation are currently on display in a set of two cases explaining the creation and use of ceremonial dresses (photos above). You can learn more about this exhibit and see a few more of the Hailstone photos featured in it at the Nealis Mini Exhibit Blog here.