Profile profile for GormanJ

Joshua M. Gorman

Head of Collections Management, Museum Registrar

Ph.D., History, University of Memphis
MA, Museum Studies, University of Leicester
BA, History of Science, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Research Specialties: 

Josh has an enduring research interest in the ways museums and heritage sites are used for community and economic development as well as the roles these public sites play in community formation and corroboration. He continues to research and write on histories of museum documentation and access.


Josh is working to advance the care and access to museum collections by rethinking and revitalizing collections management and documentation processes. Leading groups crafting new a new collecting plan and a revised collections management policy, he is focusing on iterative process improvement to better serve the needs of the museum and increase public access to collections. Focusing on loans, acquisitions, inventory, and digitization workflows, the NMAH is working to transform the way it documents and shares its holdings.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • National Council for Public History