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Dudley-Wilkinson Award of Distinction

2022 AAM Awards Update: To maximize reach, engagement, impact, and learning for the museum field—as well as the celebration of our inspiring award winners—AAM awards programs are currently under review and temporarily on hold. This will likely result in a shift of award submission deadlines, previously set to align around the AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo. We look forward to sharing more information later in 2022 through our website and member communications.

The Dudley-Wilkinson Award of Distinction was established in 1988 and was named for the authors—Dorothy H. Dudley and Irma Bezold Wilkinson—of Museum Registration Methods.

It is issued to a museum professional who has demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the registration profession. Past recipients of the award include Marie Malaro, Kay Paris, Stephen Weil, Mary Case, Kittu Longstreth Brown, Cordelia Rose, Rebecca Buck and Jean Allman Gilmore, Deborah Hull-Walski and Gwen Bitz.

The award is presented every two years and the winner is asked to address the Collections Stewardship Network at its business meeting during the AAM Annual Meeting.

2020 Honoree

Janice Klein, Executive Director, Museum Association of Arizona, Phoenix

Concurrently with her jobs at the Field Museum of Natural History (1981-1999), the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (1999-2007) and the Museum Association of Arizona (2014-), Janice has volunteered for twenty-four professional and service organizations; she has taught dozens of courses and authored dozens of papers. These numbers only hint at her total contribution to our field. In addition to these efforts, she founded a private collections management consultant company in 2007, EightSixSix Consulting, paving the way for other museum professionals to work independently in registration and collections management.

2018 Honoree

Jackie Hoff, independent museum consultant

Jackie has worked in the field of registration and collection for over 20 years, mostly at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  She is very active with the Registrar’s Committee of AAM and the Association of Midwest Museums, serves as a Museum Assessment Program (MAP) reviewer for AAM, is a leader in the profession, a contributor to various publications, and a mentor for many.

2016 Honoree

John E. Simmons, Consultant, Museologica, Bellefonte, PA

John has had a lifelong fascination with museums. He started his own natural history museum at the age of twelve and worked in a campus museum as an undergraduate. He began his career at the Fort Worth Zoo, then became collections manager at the California Academy of Sciences and later at the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas, where he was also director of the museum studies program.  In addition to running Museologica (an international museum consulting company), Simmons teaches museum studies for Kent State University, the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Museum Study; and serves as adjunct curator of collections for the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at Penn State University.

2014 Honoree

Sally Shelton, Associate Director, Museum of Geology and Paleontology Research Laboratory, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City

Sally has contributed to the field for more than 25 years in many capacities, including teacher at the Austin Nature and Science Center, as Assistant Conservator at the University of Texas’ Materials Conservation Laboratory, as Director of Collections Care and Conservation at the San Diego Natural History Museum, as the Collections Officer at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution), and more recently her positions at the Museum of Geology. Sally has also contributed to the education and training of new professionals coming into the museum field. Her work is a clear illustration of her dedication to and love of museums.

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