Rebecca Andrews, MA

Rebecca Andrews holding a clay pot

Rebecca Andrews

Ethnology Collections Manager


  • MA, Anthropology/Museum Studies, University of Washington
  • BS, Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University

About Rebecca

Rebecca Andrews has been the Ethnology Collections Manager at the Burke Museum since 1991. Rebecca has worked in museums and National Park collections for nearly 25 years. Prior to being at the Burke, she was a Museum Technician at Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Colonial National Historical Park.

As the collections manager, Rebecca ensures that the 50,000+ ethnological objects are cared for, catalogued and accessible for research, exhibition, museum loans, or other educational use. This includes cleaning objects, making storage mounts, inventorying the collections, assisting with research requests and visits, and ensuring that photographs of the collections are available on the Burke Museum website. She also oversees the Ethnology Archives (50,000+ photographs and documents), the divisional library, an active Rights and Reproductions program, and digitizing the collections.

Rebecca earned a BS in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and an MA in Anthropology/Museum Studies from the University of Washington. Rebecca's interests include Native American basketry, ethnic textiles, teaching collections management skills in Mongolia, and mentoring Museology graduate students.

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