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  • Nomenclature 4.0 for Museum Cataloging is an updated and expanded edition of Robert G. Chenhall’s system for classifying human-made objects, originally published in 1978. The Chenhall system is the standard cataloging tool for thousands of museums and historical organizations across the United States and Canada. For this fourth edition, hundreds of new terms have been […]

  • Collections of textiles—historic costume, quilts, needlework samplers, and the like—have benefited greatly from the digital turn in museum and archival work. Both institutional online repositories and collections-based social media sites have fostered unprecedented access to textile collections that have traditionally been marginalized in museums. How can curators, interpreters, and collections managers make best use of […]

  • Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Through […]

  • Know your collections need help, but not sure where to start? The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a free online tool that helps collection managers and caretakers prioritize their efforts to improve the conditions of collections. Through guided evaluation of materials, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies, the PSAP helps you understand the factors that impact […]

  • Identifying and preparing for potential threats is critical for reducing risks to collections. In Part Two of this series, guest speaker Dyani Feige focuses on specific risks, both natural and man-made, facing cultural institutions and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. An institution’s history of incidents, location, building issues, environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity, light, […]

  • This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. By the end […]

  • Since 1960, museum professionals have been sharing their expertise through these clear and succinct how-to guides. Whether you seeking information on management and administration, historical interpretation, research practices, preservation techniques, or any other subject related to the practice of state and local history, there’s probably a Technical Leaflet that will help. For a complete list of […]

  • This bundle of five technical leaflets concentrates on how to care for items with military emphasis. Four of the technical leaflets deal with firearms: classifications, identification, potential hazards, and metals. The last technical leaflet discusses the basic maintenance for textiles as could be found in military uniforms.  The care of artifacts in our collections is […]

  • StEPs Labs are 75- or 90-minute webinars that provide you with valuable information and training from the comfort of your office or home. No travel expenses or extended time away! The webinars are offered in conjunction with AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations, a self-study program that helps small- and mid-sized history organizations assess […]

  • Winds of Change:  As much as Oklahoma’s infamous tornadoes and storms generate both gentle and severe winds impacting the state, so too have the winds of opportunity impacted the nation’s cultural landscape. Winds, while possibly destructive, also can usher in new perspectives, opportunities, and critical self examination that may lead to strengthening organizations and the […]