Alexander J. Van Allen
United States of America
Years in the field:
1 – 5 Years
Areas of Expertise
Curatorial/Collections, Information/Technology/Digital, Intern Programs
I graduated with a Masters of Arts in Heritage and Museum Sciences from Texas Tech University in December 2019. While in Graudate School I worked extensively with collections and the museum objects, looking how to catalog and condition report as part of my daily work. I enjoy exploring museums and historical objects in different contexts, whether through video games or other mediums that allow you to explore them through an altered, or completely different context.
Internship, Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville Missouri, June 3-November 27, 2019. Six months, 1,040 hours
On the internship, I catalogued objects, updated museum records, conducted data entry, and scanned museum objects to produce comprehensive records and assist the museum in producing a comprehensive inventory for accreditation. To accomplish this, I used a digital scanner to create digital images for the records in PastPerfect and used Microsoft Word to track revised records.
Student Assistant, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas, Registration Division September 5, 2017-May 10, 2019. Two years, 1,170 hours
During my time in the Heritage Management and Museum Sciences program at Texas Tech University, I worked as a Student Assistant in the Registration Division. There, I entered records, filed forms, condition reported objects, gathered climate data from the museum’s HOBO datalogger units, researched collections, digitized registration records, prepared letters on objects, tracked loans, and other tasks as requested. I also assisted the Exhibits Division in setting up or taking down exhibits, moving objects and conducting condition reports.
Student Practicum, Preston Smith Library, Lubbock Texas, June 3-August 10, 2018. 11 weeks, 192 hours
During my graduate program, I carried out a Practicum project with the Preston Smith Library. For the Practicum, I created a comprehensive inventory of the library's medical objects in Microsoft Excel, writing descriptions for each object alongside condition reporting and photographing each object to create the complete inventory.
Volunteer, Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin Texas, June 22, 2016-August 11, 2017. 58 weeks, 232 hours
Between my undergraduate university and graduate university, I worked as a volunteer at the Texas Military Forces Museum. There, I entered object records, cleaned the museum, ran the gift shop register, manned the front desk, moved boxes and objects, assisted with building and removing exhibits, conducted gift shop inventory, organized objects, and other tasks as requested.
Research Assistant, Midwestern State University History Department, Wichita Falls, Texas February 24-April 21, 2016. 9 weeks, 36 hours.
During my time at my undergraduate university, I worked on a research project under Dr. Leland Turner in the Midwestern State University History Department. On this project, I summarized and researched historical documents from the Wichita Falls Museum of Art's archives for the museum’s 50th anniversary.
Research Internship, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, Texas, September 4-December 3, 2015. 14 weeks, 140 hours.
As part of my undergraduate studies at Midwestern State University, I did a research internship for one of my courses. On this project, I wrote summaries for and conducted research into more than 700 photographs from the museum’s permanent collection depicting Wichita Falls in the 1920s and 1930s. This project was intended to prepare summaries of what was in each photograph, and to determine where and when they had been taken.