Senior Collections Manager
Angela Linn, M.A.
Angela has been the collections manager of Ethnology and History since 1999, after spending 3 years in the department working as a Graduate Student and Curatorial Assistant. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, an MA in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from George Washington University. Angela's current areas of interest range from best practices in collections management, collaborative curation, material culture studies, and the critical role of museums in modern societies. It is her goal to keep her colleagues aware of this role that museum collections can play in contemporary research and new ways collections may be integrated into projects of all kinds.
Angela is also an advocate for increased professionalism in the museum field and takes an active role in improving her knowledge and skills in museology. She is a member of several museum and anthropological professional committees and currently serves as President of the Museums Alaska Board of Directors.
Molly Lee, Ph.D.
Molly Lee holds a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, under Nelson Graburn. She has spent much of her academic career investigating the basketry of Alaskan Native groups. Though she could probably make a basket if she really had to, her interest is in reconstructing the history of basket traditions and in how cultural change can be inferred from changes in material objects including baskets rather than in construction techniques. She has conducted over 20 years of research, and published extensively on the baleen baskets of the Inupiaq people of Northern Alaska, the grass baskets of the Yup'ik people of Southwestern Alaska, as well as the basketry of the Tlingit and Alutiiq people of coastal Alaska. Dr. Lee retired from UAF and UAMN in May 2008, though she continues to play an active role at the Museum and in the research community.