CSI: Registrars

Each year, in conjunction with the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, RC-WR organizes its members to volunteer their professional skills at one of the museums near where the meeting is being held.

This all-day event is known as “CSI: Registrars” (short for Collections Services Initiative).

We tend to volunteer at smaller museums, to help them catch up on projects such as: accessioning, cataloging, condition reporting, rehousing objects or any other work that would benefit from the help of trained professionals. See some of our past projects.

2024 CSI: Registrars:


CSI: Registrars 2024 is heading to TUCSON!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2024

This year we will have two projects to pick from:

Project 1:

Los Descendientes de Tucson promotes, preserves and celebrates the unique history of the Pimaria Alta through safeguarding, documenting and educating the community on the rich heritage, historical places, and traditions of the founding cultures of Tucson. In 2019, we opened the Mexican American Museum within the historic Sosa-Carrillo House. Currently, we are undergoing a process of evaluating our stored documents, as Los Des has not previously had a formalized intake and recording process for donated items. Part of this process also includes moving items from hanging file folders and manila envelopes into proper archival storage containers.

Project 2:

Established by an Act of the First Territorial Legislature on November 7, 1864, the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is Arizona’s oldest historical agency. AHS is proud to serve as the steward of Arizona’s history. Our collections broadly represent Arizona history and offer a one-of-a-kind resource for the study of the history of our state. Our artifact and manuscript holdings offer unique opportunities for public programming, educational outreach, and exhibitions, as well as academic and community-based research. AHS collections provide premier resources for recounting Arizona’s past, and they are invaluable tools for promoting public understanding of contemporary issues such as water availability, immigration, free trade, mining, ranching and agribusiness, the defense industry, cultural diversity, and urban development and revitalization. AHS is home to over 100,000 artifacts – from Wyatt Earp’s wedding ring to a World War II AT-6 airplane. In recent years we have become the proud stewards of two similar, yet unique quilting collections that work to tell the story of migration across the Arizona-Mexico Border. These two collections, The Migrant Quilts and The Welcome Quilts, currently amount to 38 quilts, but this number is expected to grow each year as new quilts come in. For the upcoming project we are looking to create hanging wall mounts to store these quilts on and are looking for help in safely rolling and installing the quilts on these new racks. Ideally we could get all of the quilts rolled and installed, but we will be putting an emphasis on rehousing the 16 Welcome Quilts first. Thank you for the assistance!