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A quest for identity

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The competing demands on museums will increase as the number and diversity of visitors continue to grow. As they vie as never before with a broad panoply of new centres of interest, museums face a host of demands from a clientèle ever more avid for stimulation, entertainment and challenge. The implications of such a transformation of the museum-going public are described by Nelson Graburn, professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1964, and, from 1972, Curator of North American Ethnology at the Hearst (formerly Lowie) Museum there. Among his books are Ethnic and Tourist Arts (1976) and Catalogue Raisonné of the Alaska Commercial Company Collection (1996), both published by the University of California Press.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: July 1, 1998

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