Sharing Andrew Carnegie's Legacy: Creating "Constellations of Information" by Directly Linking Museum Specimens with Associated Archival Materials


Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will catalog ten major archival collections that contextualize specimens, include valuable baseline scientific data, and offer insights into institutional and cultural history. Work will be carried out by an archival team informed by in-house specialists, experts from the University of Pittsburgh, and a network of museums. Funding will enable the customization of CollectiveAccess; strategies to integrate with KE EMu (the museum's specimen database) and external federated databases; and adhere to universal accessibility design standards. Scholars will gain access to hitherto hidden information that directly links noted museum specimens with associated archival records.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History


  • Ms. Lisa Sisco
  • Ms. Suzanne McLaren

Collaborating Institution(s)

Not applicable

Date Range

1890 - 2000

Geographic Scope

The scope is local, national, and international; special areas of focus include the Arctic, Dinosaur National Monument, and western Pennsylvania.


  • 140 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Audiovisual, Ephemera, Image, Maps, Text (Including Electronic Texts)