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Angela visits Cup'ik dollmaker, Rosalie Paniyak in Chevak. Photo by James Barker.

Angela Linn, M.A.
Senior Collections Manager
Email: ajlinn@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

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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 B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, an M.A. 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 include 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 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.

Della assisting with moving a skin boat. Photo by Theresa Bakker

Della Hall, M.A.
Curatorial Assistant
Email: dchall@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

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Della moved to Fairbanks in June 2013 for a summer internship at the Pioneer Air Museum, and is now working full time at UAMN as Curatorial Assistant in the Ethnology and History Department under an IMLS Museums for America grant to move the database from 4D to the new Arctos database system. She holds a B.A. in History, Technology, Society with a minor in French from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.A. in History with a certificate in Museum Studies from University of Delaware. Della’s interests lie in collections management, 19th century American social and cultural history, the American West, material culture studies, and the history of technology. Della has experience in website design, museum education, curation, digital humanities, and archives. She is also the part-time Collections Manager at the Pioneer Air Museum.

Kirsten installing her Attu exhibit at the UAF Rasmuson Library. UAMN Photo

Kirsten Olson, B.A.
Curatorial Graduate Assistant
Email: kolson36@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

Kirsten Olson has worked as a curatorial assistant since the summer of 2012 in the Ethnology and History Collections. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and is currently working towards her Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics as well as her M.A. in Anthropology. Kirsten is interested in material culture, specifically the intersection between art and ritual. Her M.A. will focus particularly on the motifs illustrated in Inuit art, while her M.F.A. is themed around her ritual of creating utilitarian art. Her work the museum has included cataloging various collections, photographing artifacts for publication, and exhibit research, preparation, and design, for a special topics exhibit in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library on the Battle of Attu.

Mahriena installing her exhibit at the UAF Rasmuson Library. UAMN Photo

Mahriena Ellanna
Curatorial Student Assistant

Email: mrellanna@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

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Mahriena has lived in Fairbanks since she was 5 years old. She started working as Student Assistant in the Ethnology and History department at UAMN in October of 2012. She is currently working on B.A. in Art and a B.A. in English. She has the intention of achieving a Ph.D. in Art History, as well as a certificate in Museum Studies. Mahriena is interested in indigenous art, the interrelationship of art and culture, and preservation. Her preferred mediums are pencil and charcoal. Mahriena has experience in cataloging, working hands-on with objects, guiding tours and processing loans.

Molly picks grass in Platinum, with Cup'ig basketmaker, Irene Davis. Photo by Barry McWayne.

Molly Lee, Ph.D.
Curator Emerita
Email: mclee@alaska.edu

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.

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