Interagency Federal Collections Alliance
Mission StatementThe Interagency Federal Collections Alliance is committed to enhancing access and use of Federal museum collections by effectively documenting and managing them.
The IFCA will assist Federal agencies, partner institutions, and the American public in recognizing museum collections as resources of national importance. It encourages agencies to recognize that their museum property is integral to fulfilling agency missions, and will identify and share best practices for managing Federal museum collections. It actively supports the following goals and objectives to achieve its vision.
1. Improve recognition and support for Federal museum property collections.
A. Promote and increase communication among Federal agencies and all who share its vision.2. Encourage use of best practices of the museum profession for managing Federal museum collections.
B. Promote and increase partnerships between Federal agencies and non-Federal repositories that manage Federal museum collections.
A. Evaluate existing authorities for managing Federally associated museum property.3. Comply with laws, regulations and other mandates for managing Federal museum collections.
B. Increase availability of information on best practices among Federal agencies and between Federal agencies and partner institutions.
A. Assist Federal agencies in identifying and managing museum collections for which they may be responsible.
B. Assist partner institutions in effectively managing Federal museum property for which they may share responsibility.
Federally Associated Collections
Millions of artifacts and specimens collected as a result of Federal activities are held in public trust by more than one thousand Federal and non-Federal institutions throughout the United States. The IFCA encourages agencies and partner institutions to create new and revive old partnerships, and to strengthen strategies for managing Federally Associated collections of all kinds.
The IFCA sponsored training conferences to provide a forum to foster communication and cooperation among Federal agencies and non-Federal institutions.
IFCA sponsored conferences on "Partnership Opportunities for Federally Associated Collections":
- Washington, DC, December 5-7, 2002; co-sponsors:
U.S. Marine Corps, History and Museum Branch
National Park Service
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
Navy Historical Foundation
U.S. Navy Museum
- Austin, TX, November 13-15, 2000; co-sponsor Texas Association of Museums
- San Diego, CA, November 18-20, 1998; co-sponsor San Diego Natural History Museum
- University of California - Berkeley, CA, June 5-7, 1996; co-sponsor Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology