C-2 Know the condition of containers, equipment and facilities used to house your Federal museum collections


As heritage assets federal museum collections are intended to be preserved in perpetuity. To maintain federal property in the best possible condition, it must be kept stable. This means climate controlled space, equipment that provides a buffer against rapid changes, and storage supplies that do not interact with the objects they touch. The references below provide information to meet the required standards.

United States Department of the Interior (DOI)

Museum Property Handbook I - Museum Property Storage
http://www.doi.gov/museum/policy/pdf/mphi-9.pdf

National Park Service (NPS)

NPS Museum Handbook - Museum Collection Storage
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/MHI/CHAP7.pdf

Conserve O Gram:

"Museum Storage Cabinets"
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/04-01.pdf

"Museum Collection Storage Space: Is An Insulated Modular Structure Right For Your Collection?"
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/04-07.pdf

"Selecting Environmental Control Systems for Insulated Modular Structures"
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/04-08.pdf

"Buffered and Unbuffered Storage Materials"
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/04-09.pdf

"Determining Museum Storage Equipment Needs"
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/04-10.pdf

"Determining Museum Storage Space Requirements"
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/04-11.pdf


36 CFR 79
http://www.cr.nps.gov/aad/tools/36cfr79.htm

The American Institute of Conservation

The Book and Paper Group
http://aic.stanford.edu/sg/bpg/annual/titles.html

Nebraska History

The Importance and Care of Archaeological Records
http://www.nebraskahistory.org/archeo/pubs/archeorecords7.pdf (pp.7 to 16)

Northern States Conservation Center

Storage Guidelines
http://www.collectioncare.org/cci/ccis.html


Society of Hawaiian Archaeology

Arranging for Housing/Curation with a Qualified Archaeological Repository
http://www.sha.hawaii.edu/guidelines.htm#Housing (2-1)

Qualified Archaeological Repository Facilities
http://www.sha.hawaii.edu/guidelines.htm#Facilities (3)

Fire Protection and Security (Department of the Interior)
http://www.doi.gov/museum/policy/pdf/mphi-11.pdf

Fire Protection and Security (National Park Service)
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/MHI/Chapter%209.pdf

National Fire Protection Association Code for the Protection of Cultural Resources Properties - Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship
http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=909

National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code
http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=101