Museum of Texas Tech University Receives Exemplary Certification Rating by Texas Historical
June 30, 2008
The Museum of Texas Tech University received an exemplary certification from the Texas
Historical Commission’s Curatorial Facility Certification Program.
The Museum of Texas Tech University received an exemplary certification from the
Texas Historical Commission’s Curatorial Facility Certification Program.
This makes the museum the first facility to receive no deficiencies since the inception
of the program.
Exemplary certification is awarded when the commission finds no deficiencies or disabling
factors in a museum’s ability to collect and store state-owned artifacts, said Gary
Edson, executive director for the museum.
"This event is about a number of things," Edson said. "It recognizes the museum for
achieving this certification. It acknowledges our curator of anthropology, Eileen
Johnson, for her past work in creating the certification process with the Texas Historical
Commission. It also confirms the exemplary work done by the museum assistant director,
Nicky Ladkin, in drafting and testing the certification procedure."
So far, 12 facilities have undergone the certification process, said John Nau III,
chairman of the Texas Historical Commission. The commission is the state agency for
historic preservation charged with preserving Texas’ architectural, archeological
and cultural landmarks.
"Certification enhances a facility’s reputation by illustrating its ability and willingness
to hold itself accountable," Nau said. "The Museum of Texas Tech University will play
a major role in ensuring the preservation of Texas’ irreplaceable archeological collections
are available for future research, displays and most importantly, for future generations."
Johnson, who also is director of Lubbock Lake Landmark, was instrumental in creating
the certification program with the commission. Based on certification procedures for
museums at the national level, she said the state’s program is at the forefront of
keeping track of the state’s historical collections. But also, it keeps the facilities
that hold these artifacts accountable as to how the items are kept, cared for and
Johnson added she no longer served with the commission at the time the museum underwent
"When it comes to the artifacts found on public property, those artifacts are property
of the state," Johnson said. "There is a problem in accounting for all these collections
at all these facilities. Where are they? How well are they taken care of? What do
they consist of? Well, the state now has a much better scope of what it has."
CONTACT: David Dean, director, Museum Information Services, The Museum of
Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2442, firstname.lastname@example.org