Services and Resources for Museums and Private Collectors
Valarie founded Museum and Collector Resource in 1996 after a productive 15-year career in collections, curating, and administration at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, several house museums including a Frank Lloyd Wright house, the U.S. Coast Guard Museum, and the Massachusetts Museum of Transportation.
Leah previously worked as Collections Manager for the Peabody Museum at Harvard University and as a textile restoration specialist for Museum Textile Services. Since joining MCR in 2010, Leah has managed multiple inventory and cataloging projects and acted as MCR's Temporary Registrar for the MIT Museum.
Liz left the business sector and joined MCR in 2012 after completing a museum studies certificate at Tufts University. One of her specialties is works on paper - Liz has recently completed an MCR project for the Boston Public Library inventorying and condition reporting a large collection of such works prior to being loaned to the MFA, Boston.
Katie joined MCR's staff after a fruitful internship with the company for the Tufts University museum studies certificate program in 2015. Since then she has worked on a variety of projects, including cataloging and inventorying, archival arrangement, and collection storage organization. She recently led a project for Boston's Museum of African American History, and has worked on multiple collection moves.
Collins joined MCR in 2016 after completing an M.A. in history and museum studies at Tufts University. She has worked on many collection moves for clients such as the Perot Collection in Texas and the Martha's Vineyard Museum. She recently acted as MCR's project manager for a successful multi-month packing and moving project for the Bostonian Society's collection at the Old State House in downtown Boston.
Mary began her career working at LACMA, later becoming the director of contemporary art galleries in LA and New York. While living in NYC, she also worked for the International Center of Photography, the Whitney Museum, and a private collector. In Boston Mary enjoyed over ten years working for MCR for vastly varied clients such as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute and the Ross Perot Collection. Mary returned to New York several years ago to continue her collections management and appraisal consulting career and serves as MCR’s representative in the New York area.
MCR has been working remotely for clients during this unprecedented time, helping them move forward with projects. Contact us to learn what MCR can do remotely for your museum or collection, or to learn more about our carefully developed protocols for beginning work in person!