This curriculum is intended for use by service providers (field service programs, state and regional museum associations, etc.), consultants, and others who present training workshops for paid and unpaid staff of museums, historical societies, historic houses and other organizations. The curriculum content is based on standards in the StEPs program and geared for small- to mid-sized organizations.

The 6.5-hour workshop curriculum helps participants understand the value of a Scope of Collections Statement for their museum, historic house, or other organization, and how to go about drafting one. From taking part in the workshop, participants will understand that a Scope of Collections Statement will help them meet a variety of “bottom lines” in collections management; understand the difference between Mission and Scope of Collections Statements, and feel confident in starting the process of drafting a Scope of Collections Statement for their organization. The curriculum was created by Erin Crissman Richardson, Curator at the Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York. The package includes an instructor’s guide, PowerPoint slides, and handouts.

The curriculum materials were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Important Note: You are free to add your logo and contact information to the materials and to make changes in order to tailor the agenda, Powerpoint slides, handouts, etc., to fit your needs. AASLH does require, however, that you credit AASLH and StEPS in all of your materials with the following statement, “This workshop is adapted from materials provided the American Association for State and Local History and its StEPs program.” Additionally, we ask that at the beginning of all workshops you present based on these materials, you include the brief StEPs overview.

Curriculum Materials:

Building a Meaningful Collection Powerpoint Slides

Handout A

Handout B

Handout C

Handout D

Handout E

Instructor’s Guide