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Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (Miami, OK 74355-1326)
Meghan Dorey (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

General Preservation Assessment for the Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive

A preservation assessment leading to a three- to five-year preservation plan for the Myaamia Heritage Museum and Archive. The museum, located within the Miami, Oklahoma Tribal Headquarters as the designated repository of records and cultural objects, comprises 170 linear feet of books, microfilm, photographs, audiovisual materials, textiles, artwork, wooden objects, and beading. The papers of three chiefs document the Miami Nation's tribal government from the 1970s through 2008. The museum's collections also include handwritten notes by the Secretary of the Tribe from the 1930s, the era of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act and the creation of the first tribal constitution. Broader genealogical collections allow tracing of tribal ancestry. Manuscript and family papers include the collections of the small number of families removed to Kansas in 1846, and then to Indian Territory in the 1870s, the progenitors of most current tribal members.

The Myaamia Heritage Museum & Archive (MHMA) is a fully functional and integrated department of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The MHMA serves as the repository for records and objects that have been identified as having enduring historical and cultural value. Our mission is to collect, preserve, promote, and facilitate access to items chronicling myaamia language, culture, and history for the purpose of advancing knowledge and understanding of these to all tribal members, as well as non-member researches. As a young institution, we feel that a general preservation assessment, in collaboration with a professional museum consultant, will greatly benefit us in striving for these goals. From this assessment, we expect to evaluate our current preservation procedures, identify weaknesses, and create short- and long-term plans for addressing them.

Project fields:
Social Sciences, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,055 (approved)
$4,055 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015