Erin Claussen

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Michael S. Nassaney

Second Advisor

Dr. Lynn Evans

Third Advisor

Dr. Bilinda Straight

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


This thesis documents the effort to curate digital information associated with the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, which has been generated over the past decade of investigation of the site of Fort St. Joseph, an 18th century mission, garrison, and trading post complex located in present-day Niles, Michigan. A review of literature on the subject of archaeological curation and collections management was undertaken to inform the approach to execution of this project, which included the creation of an artifact database, as well as a comprehensive management scheme for all manner of digital documentation. The goal and outcome of this project was ultimately increased access to the information and artifacts resulting from the efforts of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project in order to encourage and facilitate research leading to a better understanding of the colonial Great Lakes fur trade.

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