Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina Kreps, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Bonnie Clark, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Frédérique Chevillot, Ph.D.


Collaboration, Engagement, Museums


Collaboration has become a cornerstone of contemporary museum practice. In the United States, the anthropological literature on collaboration and museums has tended to be dominated by discussions on collaboration between museums and Indigenous communities in the course of implementing the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. To date, little has been written on how collaboration is enacted among museums. This thesis explores the relationships among four museums in Denver, Colorado. By exploring how collaboration is defined, what a collaboration between museums looks like, and identifying the benefits and challenges of inter-museum collaboration, this study attempts to provide another valuable perspective on collaboration. This research found that inter-museum collaboration benefits the museums involved by enhancing institutional visibility and access to resources in the form of financial support, cultural knowledge and larger social networks. It also helps enrich the social and cultural wellbeing of targeted communities.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Leah Zavaleta


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

147 p.


Museum studies