Collections

Collections Planning

Even if you only create a draft plan, it sure beats not doing one at all. This page can be your in to taking a collection as well as your out for not accepting items into your museum. I do believe that this will be a requirement for AAM in future accreditation opportunities.
- Jackie Hoff, Science Museum of Minnesota

Bibliography

AAM page on Collections Planning
Includes links to three fact sheets for a Collections Plan, Creating an Intellectual Framework for Collections Planning, Collections Planning: Strategies for Planning and Implementation, and links to other related topics.

Buck, Rebecca A. and Jean Allman Gilmore, Collection Conundrums: Solving Collections Management Mysteries. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2007.

Collections Australia Network, SignificanceundefinedA Guide to Assessing the Significance of Cultural Heritage Objects and Collections, 2001. http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/sector_info_item/5

Gardner, James B. and Elizabeth Merritt, "Collections Planning: Pinning Down a Strategy." Museum News, July/August 2002, pp. 30-33 and 60-61.

Gardner, James B. and Elizabeth Merritt, The AAM Guide to Collections Planning. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2004.

Lord, Gail Dexter, Forward Planning and the Cost of Collecting. LORD Cultural Resources Planning & Management Inc., 1989.

Merritt, Elizabeth E., National Standards & Best Practices for U.S. Museums. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2008.

Oehlschlaeger Garvey, Barb, How to...Develop a Collections Plan. Illinois Association of Museums, No. 38, 2005, pp. 1-4.

Simmons, John E. "Managing Things: Crafting a Collections Management Policy." Museum News, January/February 2004, pp. 29-31 and 47-48.

Simmons, John E., Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2006.

Gardner, James B. and Elizabeth E. Merritt, The AAM Guide to Collections Planning. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2004.

Malaro, Marie C., A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

Reibel, Daniel B., Registration Methods for the Small Museum, 4th ed. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2008.

Schwarzer, Marjorie, Riches, Rivals & Radicals: 100 Years of Museums in America. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2006.

Sullivan, Martin, "Introduction: Collections Stewardship and Collections Planning." In The AAM Guide to Collections Planning. Washington, DC: American Association of Museums, 2004, pp. 1-3.

Vaughan, James, "Introduction: The Call for A National Conversation." Forum Journal, Spring 2008, pp. 5-9.

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