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Jamie Kelly

Head of Anthropology Collections; Collections Manager

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Collection Management

Jamie is the Head of Anthropology Collections and an Anthropology Collections Manager. He is responsible for the care of the Museum's anthropology collections from Asia, Europe, and the Near East as well as for archaeological collections from Africa. He is passionate about preserving our global heritage and connecting us to that heritage through community engagement and science.

Jamie is working on several collections-based projects. One of these includes overseeing the cataloging of a large collection of artifacts recovered from a 13th century shipwreck in the Java Sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia. Another project includes the Kish Project, for which he is working with conservation staff to improve the care and storage conditions of archaeological collections from the site of Kish in Iraq. In 2009, he worked with other staff to teach and train museum professionals from Iraq. He has also worked in Brazil and the Midwestern United States, where his research interests are in the ancient history of the Upper Mississippi River Valley and Great Lakes regions around 1000 CE.

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Additional Information


  • B.A. Anthropology and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies, Beloit College, 1996.
  • M.S. Anthropology with certification in Museum Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002.

Work experience

Before joining the Field Museum in 2006, Jamie was the museum registrar at the Wheaton Historic Preservation Council in Wheaton, Illinois. He has also served as a conservation assistant at the Milwaukee Public Museum and as a museum registrar at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to his graduate studies in Milwaukee, he was a field archaeologist in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Professional affiliations

Jamie serves on the Board of the Illinois Archaeological Survey (IAS) and is a member of: 

  • Midwest Archaeological Conference (MAC)
  • Wisconsin Archeological Society (WAS)
  • Association of Midwest Museums (AMM)
  • Illinois Association of Museums (IAM)