Name: Thomas Runge-D'Amore
Address: 7209 Giles Place, Springfield, Virginia 22150
LinkedIn Address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomdamore
Experienced Collections Manager with a strong background in collections care, registration, and exhibit design with additional experience in historical research methods and living history. Skilled in archival storage techniques, including moving and transporting of artifacts and disaster preparedness. Dedicated to the proper care, storage, and display of historical materials ensuring their long-term preservation.
- Storage Design & Fabrication Archives Management Disaster Preparedness
- Cataloging Collections Care & Management Inventory
- Exhibit Design Historical Research Living History/Interpretation
- Collections Databases: AHCAS • Ke Emu • Pastperfect • iO • Re: discovery • Filemaker Pro • MS Access.
Master of Arts in Museum Science
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, August 2008
Bachelor of Arts in History
Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX, June 2006
SAIC, Washington, D.C. & LEIDOS, INC, Reston, Virginia
Museum Support Specialist June 2015 – August 2016
Served as a member of the collections cataloging team at the U.S. Army’s Center of Military History Museum Support Center at Fort Belvoir, VA. Reduced the backlog of the museum’s uncataloged collections including firearms, tents, furnishings, uniforms and military equipment. Maintained this role through contract turnover between SAIC and LEIDOS.
AECOM GSG, Springfield, VA
Archives Technician June 2015
Completed the intake and processing of Department of State archival records, including physical transportation, validating the accuracy of accompanying documentation, and preparation of records for retirement.
Declassification Analyst/Data Entry Technician November 2012 – May 2015
Led the overhaul of the declassification records database, and authored an instruction manual used to develop new policies and procedures. Reviewed and analyzed government documents to determine their suitability for declassification and public release in order to increase the transparency of the federal government. Top Secret clearance valid through August 2019.
PICASSO ART GALLERY AND CUSTOM FRAMING, Washington, D.C.
Apprentice Framer September 2012 – November 2012
Framed artwork, including cutting and cleaning glass, cutting and fitting wooden frames, fitting metal frames, cutting mat board, and attaching hanging wire.
BOB LUTHER/COUNTYWEBSITE.COM, Alexandria, Virginia
Collection Cataloger July 2012 – August 2012
Conducted research and cataloged a private collection of vintage typewriters. Created a simple Excel database for the collector.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, Washington, D.C.
Collections Information Specialist (Contract) December 2011 - May 2012
Increased access to collections information by digitizing and scanning existing paper and photographic records in to Ke Emu database system.
WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY, Little Rock, Arkansas
Museum Technician January 2009 – October 2010
Completed an inventory of a collection of over 80,000 objects, artwork, and other media, bringing greater control over the collection through improving existing records and documenting nearly 20,000 found items. Cataloged and rehoused objects from shipping containers to appropriate archival storage solutions.
• Re-engineered nesting mounts resulting in more stable and secure handling of artifacts.
• Designed and built new storage container for a painted buffalo hide to maintain artifact integrity.
• Led a class for museum staff on proper cleaning of modern firearms to ensure proper maintenance and storage.
TEXAS HERITAGE MUSEUM, Hillsboro, Texas
Collections/Exhibits Assistant, Graduate Internship January 2008 – July 2008
Utilized archival storage materials and techniques to reorganize and modernize collections storage. Conducted research, wrote text, selected objects and designed layouts to redesign several existing exhibitions.
• Researched, selected artifacts and designed a new exhibit on the history of the Texas Revolution and Republic period.
MUSEUM OF TEXAS TECH HISTORY DIVISION, Lubbock, Texas
Graduate Collections Assistant January 2007 – January 2008
Documented and cataloged new acquisitions, conducted inventories, and improved database records.
THE BUDDY HOLLY CENTER, Lubbock, Texas
Collections Assistant, Graduate Internship July 2007 – August 2007
Developed forms and record-keeping systems for collection materials and artifacts. Created and updated brochures and presentation materials. Assisted with collections care and exhibition duties.
SILENT WINGS MUSEUM, Hillsboro, Texas
Collections Assistant, Graduate Internship June 2007 – July 2007
Collaborated with a design firm to redesign an exhibition in a new gallery space. Assisted with collections care duties.
THE LYCEUM, Alexandria, Virginia
Collections Volunteer 2015
Cataloged artifacts to increase the institution’s control over its collections.
FRIENDS OF ALEXANDRIA ARCHAEOLOGY, Alexandria, Virginia
Volunteer 2013 - 2014
Participated in a project digitally transcribing the Civil War era diaries of Julia Wilbur.
WITTE MUSEUM, San Antonio, Texas
Collections Relocation Volunteer 2011
Moved a collection of glass and ceramic objects using archival methods within strict budgetary limitations.
AIRMAN HERITAGE AND SECURITY FORCES MUSEUMS, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Collections Management Volunteer 2010 - 2011 & 2008 - 2009
Cataloged artifacts and improved documentation. Reorganized storage facility to improve access to collections and incorporated better archival storage solutions. Designed and created an exhibit on Security Forces badges. Prepared the Airman Heritage Museum building against the possible threat of Hurricane Ike.
American Alliance of Museums American Association of State and Local History
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Virginia Association of Museums
Valid until October 15, 2017