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Sorting through a personal collection of keepsakes can be a difficult task.

Museum constituents often look to historical institutions as a guide for determining what has monetary or historical value and how to care for objects.

This leaflet serves as a guide for those who are cleaning out their home, or the home of a loved one.

Step-by-step instructions guide museum members, donors, interested parties, and others in developing a plan for sorting through their collections. After determining what to keep, discard, or donate, readers will find the detailed discussion of storage options helpful, particularly the assessment of storage locations found within the home, such as basements and attics.

A list of frequently asked questions serves as a quick reference for donors looking to donate their historically valuable objects to museums.

Technical Leaflet #225 (2004)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 3, Twenty-first Century Top Five.