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Conservation Planning

Conservation planning is aimed at prolonging the life of museum collections by providing a written description of the needs of various objects and explaining a course of action to maintain an object’s condition. The Alliance has compiled this set of conservation planning resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Sample Documents

AAM provides Tier 3 museum members with sample conservation plans from museums of all types and sizes.

Other Resources

The following resources were compiled from organizations throughout the nonprofit and museum sector. AAM reviewed and approved each one based on the organization’s authority and expertise and the resource’s usefulness related to the topic. Clicking the links below will take you off the AAM website.

Long Range Preservation Plan

The Minnesota Historical Society shares its Long-Range Preservation Plan (PDF). The 97-page document integrates collections preservation priorities across the institution, including objects, manuscripts, oral histories, state archives, sound recordings, photographs, newspapers, books, art, and archeology. Part I lays out the action plan and timetable. Part II summarizes each collection’s needs and prioritizes actions and resources to meet those needs.

Preservation Self-Assessment

The University of Illinois developed the Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) to help collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collections.

What is Preservation Planning?

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NDCC) offers this webpage on the importance of developing a preservation plan and covers how to conduct a needs assessment.

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