Material Memory

On May 18-19, 2012 TU and Gilcrease Museum will host a two-day symposium announcing the Helmerich Center for American Research, a new scholarly resource to be constructed on the grounds of the Gilcrease Museum.

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On May 18-19, 2012 the University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum will host a two-day symposium announcing the Helmerich Center for American Research, a new scholarly resource to be constructed on the grounds of the Gilcrease Museum. The TU/Gilcrease partnership is designed to leverage the combined strengths of two premier institutions and enhance opportunities for scholars, teachers, students, and members of the general public.

Our many goals include encouraging the use of the Museum’s rich archival and archaeological holdings alongside its internationally known collection of Western American art. We envision the Helmerich Center for American Research as a destination for archival research, collaborative scholarship, institutes, seminars, and symposia.

This symposium will introduce the Helmerich Center for American Research to various public and academic audiences. Its title, "Material Memory," intentionally references the objects of study—art, artifacts, archives—and also the ways scholars use, preserve, and interpret the varied meanings imbedded in those objects. It will feature five topically oriented sessions that stand alone even as they are linked conceptually with our conference theme and organized thematically to highlight aspects of the museum’s holdings.

For more information, contact Brian Hosmer, Symposium Organizer.