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Collections Stewardship Resources


The Alliance shares standards on Collections Stewardship.

Collections Management

This section has information about access to collections (including digitization); acquisitions & accessioning; appraisals; cataloging (including collections management software); categories of collections; couriering; deaccessioning; inventories; loans; marking; old loans and objects found in collections; packing, moving & shipping; and writing a collections management policy.

Collections Planning

This section provides resources to assist museums with writing and implementing a collections plan.

Collections Care

This section has information on collections care by type, condition reporting, conservation treatment, historic preservation, planning, preventive care, storage, and handling.

Ethical and Legal Collections Issues

This section addresses access to collections records; ownership and protection of cultural and natural resources; rights and reproductions; and tax issues.

Recorded Webinars

The Alliance provides over 70 recorded webinars covering a range of topics including on collections stewardship practices. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials.

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