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Object loans are undertaken for a variety of reasons and occur between different museums or between museums and private individuals or commercial entities. The Alliance has compiled this set of loan resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Form Swap

The Alliance’s Collections Stewardship Professional Network shares a variety of collection-related forms including several for loans.

Loaning Collections to Non-Museum Entities

The Alliance provides information loaning collections to non-museum entities including needing clearly defined and approved institutional policies and procedures, including a collections management policy and code of ethics.

Sample Documents

The Alliance provides Tier 3 museum members with sample loan agreements.

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.

Art Museums, Private Collectors and the Public Benefit

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) shares a position paper on the relationship between art museums and private collectors (PDF). The paper lists questions that each museum must answer in order to ensure public benefit from the loans and donations private collectors make to museums. The questions are applicable to museums of all disciplines.

Loan Agreements

The Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board provides a list of information to be included in a loan agreement, as well as sample loan agreements.

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