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Collections Stewardship

The Collections Stewardship Professional Network is a community of practice focused on the stewardship of collections, archives, and exhibitions, including direct care, handling, documentation, shipping, housing, information management, and all activities related to collections of various types and sizes.


Empowering collections professionals to thrive and advancing standards across the museum community.


The Collections Stewardship Professional Network of AAM advocates for the diverse body of professionals dedicated to the stewardship of collections, and strengthens our members’ knowledge base through educating and disseminating best practices, networking, and connecting people to resources.


  • Advocacy: representing the needs of collections professionals
  • Connection: uniting colleagues from around the country and beyond
  • Mentoring: preparing future collections professionals
  • Education: sharing information, standards, and experiences
  • Collaboration: Fostering a sense of mutual cooperation


We invite you to join the Collections Stewardship community at the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) Museum Junction. You can pose questions, share ideas, solicit feedback from colleagues, and share information about upcoming professional development opportunities.

Museum Junction is free and easy to use with the option of real-time or daily digest email notifications. You can create a free account and request to join the Collections Stewardship community by visiting Museum Junction. You do not need to be a member of AAM to participate.

Museum Junction is not an advertising platform. Please refrain from posting promotional material for goods and services.

If you have trouble logging in with your existing AAM credentials or creating a new account, please email for assistance.

Read more about our Professional Network here.

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Managing Copyright Issues From Acquisition to Exhibition

This webinar organized by CSAAM (Collections Stewardship Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums) and OCEAN (the Open Copyright Education Advisory Network) discusses the …

Decolonizing Museum Collections: A Conversation between Colleagues in the Field (CSAAM)

Are you curious about the work surrounding Decolonizing museum collections? Presented by Collections Stewardship Professional Network (CSAAM) and the CSAAM Emerging Museum Professional …

What Can Data Teach Us About Museum Collections?

Author’s Note: When I initially wrote this blog post several months ago, it was to describe and celebrate an initiative that I spearheaded at the National Gallery of Art that made new …

What Does a Welcoming Online Collections Portal Look Like?

In late February 2020, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University became the latest institution to launch an online collections portal, a feature that is increasingly …

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