B-1 Know the history and missions of the agencies responsible for Federal museum collections

Congress has determined certain classes of assets to be nationally significant regardless of agency mission. All agencies must account for such assets. Agencies have heritage assets as a result of their compliance with a suite of environmental and cultural resource protection laws and regulations. For example, heritage assets such as archeological collections are not pertinent to the mission of the Department of Defense (defending the country), but they are extremely significant to government-wide heritage preservation policies and mandates promulgated in laws, regulations, and executive orders.

Each Federal Agency presents a mission statement on its website. The First Gov website provides links to all US Federal Agencies.

Some Federal property acquires historical significance through association with significant events and individuals. Such property may become part of a museum collection. These links illustrate the importance of preserving agency history.

US Air Force

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


US Navy

Naval Historical Center

National Institute of Health (NIH)

History of the National Institutes of Health

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Agency History

National Park Service (NPS)

Agency History

US Army

US Army Military History Institute

US Coast Guard

About the US Coast Guard Museum

US Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps History and Museums