Tree thumbnailIn the spring of 1990, AASLH’s Common Agenda Program commissioned a survey of history museums to assess the state of documentation of collections in historical institutions throughout the United States.

The report contains results from nearly 900 history museums and historic houses and shows numerous gaps in the documentation of objects.

Charts and graphs provide visuals for the level of documentation activities, staff time and funding allocated to documentation, and the nature of the institutions.

The report’s narrative explains the visuals while anecdotes from museum professionals provide perspectives for the gaps in documentation practices.

The results show that historical collections are inadequately documented and explain the reasons for this lack of documentation.

Technical Leaflet #176 (1991)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 10, Collections Management.