Deborah Hull-Walski

Deborah Hull-Walski
Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Collections Management,
Museum Studies Program
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Deborah Hull-Walski is the Collections Officer with the National Museum of Natural History's (NMNH), Collections Program. Deb assists and advises Carol Butler (Assistant Director of Collections) in the overall planning, development, and management of Collections Program activities, including the formulation of collections policies and compliance assurance. She also serves as Collections Manager for the Office of Education and Outreach collections, providing administrative oversight and coordination of collections management activities. In addition to her museum duties, Deb is a part-time faculty member with The George Washington University's Museum Studies Program where she and Lisa Palmer (NMNH Fish Division) teach a graduate seminar on Collections Management: Practical Applications. Her training as an historical archaeologist occasionally provides her with the opportunity of assisting NMNH forensic anthropologists with archival and genealogical research related to their work with historic burials.

Current Position

Collections Officer, Collections Manager: Education and Outreach


2016    The White Family Vault, Congressional Cemetery. Owsley D, Pearlstein K, Bruwelheide K. Biographical information, including birth, death, and residential data, provided by Deborah Hull-Walski, Megan Avera, and Kelsey Falquero). Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

2015    Human Remains from the Turner Tract Cemetery (44SN0286) (with Douglas Owsley, Karin Bruwelheide, Kathryn Barca, Casey Bricker, and Kelsey Falquero). Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. 

2014    The National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution: Partners in Salvage Archaeology (with Thomas D. Thiessen and Lynn M Snyder). In: Dam Projects and the Growth of American Archaeology: The River Basin Surveys and the Interagency Archeological Salvage Program. Jon Czaplicki and Kimball Banks, editors. Left Coast Press.

2014    Coding Q?rius: Ranking Education Collections using Safety, Preservation, and Legal Documentation (with Lisa Palmer, Kathryn Makos, and Catharine Hawks). Paper presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, Cardiff, Wales.

2012    Stopping the International Illicit Art and Antiquities Trade at the Border (with Harriet F. Beaubien). Reaching and Teaching Through Material Culture: A Winterthur Graduate Program 60th Anniversary Symposium. University of Delaware.

2012    Dammed If We Do And Dammed If We Don't: The River Basin Surveys And Interagency Archeological Salvage Programs 60 Years After (with Kimball M. Banks, Edward B. Jelks, Jon S. Czaplicki, and Lynn M. Snyder). Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, TN.

2011    Registration Methods for a Large Collaborative Loan (with Rashree Solanki, Morgan Little, and Rebecca Withers).  Paper presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Baltimore, MD.

2011    Bodies in Transit: The W.G.W. White Burial Vault at Congressional Cemetery (with Megan Avera, Douglas D. Owsley, Laurie E. Burgess). Paper Presented at the 44nd Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Meetings, Austin, TX. 

2010    Lost in Time: The Boy in the Iron Coffin (with David R. Hunt, Randal J. Scott, and Douglas D. Owsley).  Paper presented at The Archaeology of Washington, DC A One Day Symposium on the Archaeology of our Nation’s Capital. Washington, DC.
Internet Archaeology: Digging for Facts on the World Wide Web (with Scott Warnash).  Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Meetings, Amelia Island, FL.

2009    Identity Reclaimed: Families and Community United (with Randal J. Scott, David R. Hunt, and Douglas D. Owsley).  Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Meetings, Toronto, Ontario.

2009    Metallic Coffins:  Production, Variation, and Distribution in the 1850s and 1860s (with Randal J. Scott and David R. Hunt).  Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Society for Historical Archaeology Meetings, Toronto, Canada. 

2008    A Legacy of Style:  Clothing Collections as Cultural Resource (with Carrie Beauchamp and Felicia Pickering).  In: Dress as Identity.  Material Matters, Issue No. 56, Washington, DC. 

2007    Object Storage. InCollections Management Practical Applications: A Distance Learning Course of the Graduate Program in Museum Studies.  George Washington University 

2006    Museum Objects: More than Material. In Remembrance of Things:  How Museums and Memory Shape One Another.  Material Matters, Issue No. 54. Washington, DC.

2001    Merging Traditional Indigenous Curation Methods with Modern Museum Standards of Care. (with Gillian A. Flynn).  Museum Anthropology 25(1):31-40.


B.A. – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (1974 in History and Anthropology)
M.S. – Illinois State University, Normal, IL (1988 in Historical Archaeology)

Professional Organizations

National Museum of Natural History