Stephanie L. Allen

Collection Manager of Ethnology,

Division of Ethnology

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

2401 Chautauqua Ave

Norman, OK 73072-7029

Academic Summary

Stephanie Allen graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a BA in Anthropology and Art History in May 2010. Afterwards, she attended the George Washington University in Washington DC. In May of 2012 she graduated with an MA in Museum Studies, concentrating in Collections Management and Material Culture. Prior to attaining her position at Sam Noble, she worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) first as a federal employee and then as a Collections Care contractor working for the Office of the Associate Director for Research and Collections and the Division of Mammals. Her other museum experience encompasses a wide range of institutions including the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, TX, the Dallas Historical Society in Dallas, TX, the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, TX, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum in Alexandria, VA.

In July of 2012, Stephanie started as the Collection Manager of Ethnology at the Sam Noble. As the new Collections Manager of Ethnology, she is responsible for caring for the Ethnology, Fine Art, and Classics collections. This includes maintaining records, doing research on objects in the collection, helping install exhibits, and many other exciting duties.

Recent Publications

Allen, Stephanie. 2013. “Observations of an Anthropologist at the 2013 Conference for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.” Registrars Committee – Western Region (RCWR) Newsletter, Fall 2013 Quarterly: 3-4.

Allen, Stephanie. 2011. “The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, Second Edition,” review of The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation, Second Edition, edited by Jeffery Warda, Washington, DC, 2011. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, from the Practical to the Philosophical. Volume 7, Issue No. 3. Lanham, MD: Altamira Press.

Allen, Stephanie. 2010. “The Responsibilities of Museums in Representations of the Past and Present: The Need for Communication and Context.” Student Anthropologist, Vol. 2, No. 1. The National Association of Student Anthropologists, Student Section of the American Anthropological Association.

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