Caring about collections and organizations requires more information than what one average person knows. This page helps you find that information. We’ve found some locations with information provided by professionals.
And, since we’re from Oregon, we’re listing the informational sites in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest first. The only exception to our Oregon-first rule is the Connecting to Collections Care website that has hundreds of annotated resources presented by professionals.(That website was created using a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, just as this site was.)
Just remember as you look at these resources that the tips may not work in all circumstances or be the best for your specific issue.
- Oregon Heritage MentorCorps Equipment Lending Program. Borrow dataloggers and/or light meters to monitor the temperature, humidity, and light in your collections and exhibit areas. You can also borrow Past Perfect Software training sets, including a user guide and three training CD’s.
- Connecting to Collections Care. A website that was created using a grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services and has hundreds of resources in addition to webinars that are archived.
- “Preferred Practices for Historical Repositories: Manual and Self-Assessment.” (Salem: Oregon State Historic Records Advisory Board, 2013).
- “Simple Steps for Collections Care.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 29.
- A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections by Marie C. Malaro &Ildiko Pogany DeAngelis.
- Cost of Collections Care Report, Oregon Heritage Commission.
- “Audio Preservation.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 19.
- “Planning for a Digitization Project.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 21.
- “Implementing a Digitization Project.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 22.
- “Digital Stewardship and Curation.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 23.
- Digital Public Library of America modules.
- “Simple Steps for Paper Preservation.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 15.
- “Copyright and Historic Newspapers.” Historic Oregon Newspapers Online.
- “Caring for Textiles: Cleaning and Garment Hanging.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 20.
Collection Plans and Policies
- “Collections Policy.” Marion County Historical Society.
- “Collections Policy.” Klamath County Museums.
- “Collections Management Policy.” Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
- A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections by Marie C. Malaro &Ildiko Pogany DeAngelis. Chapter 3 address collection management policies and essential components.
Oregon State Statutes
- Oregon State Statutes that pertain to museums and their operations can be found here.
- “Emergency Management for Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources: An Oregon Resources Dashboard.” Prepared by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
- List of Local Emergency Managers in Oregon by county, Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
- “Oregon Guide to Emergency Preparedness Resources.” Prepared by the Balboa Arts Conservation Center, 2015.
- “Disaster Planning and Response.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 27.
- “Pocket Response Plan.” Every organization, no matter its size, ought to have one. It is easy to complete. This one has been Oregonized.
- “Disaster Recovery Tools.” Oregon Heritage Bulletin 32.
- “Cemetery Vandalism: Tips to Avoid It and Respond to It“. Oregon Heritage Bulletin 14.
- “Resilient Masonry Buildings: Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns.” Prepared by Restore Oregon.
- “Pocket Response Plan.” This is such a great idea, we’re repeating it.
- WESTPAS, the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service, has an emergency toll-free number: 1-888-905-7737. Call for phone consultation with a disaster response specialist. There is no charge for this service, which is provided to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions in Oregon.
Sample Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans
- Architectural Heritage Center, Portland. This was funded in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission.
- Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene.
- Phoenix Historical Society, Phoenix. This was created with the online disaster-planning tool DPlan.
- Pocket Response Plan. Just in case you missed this before, we’re repeating it for a third time.
- Nonprofit Association of Oregon. Has resources in addition to workshop opportunities.
- Museum Law: A Guide for Officers, Directors and Counsel by Marilyn E. Phelan
Board Roles & Responsibilities
- A Guide to Nonprofit Board Service in Oregon, State of Oregon, Office of the Attorney General.
- 10 Basic Board Responsibilities, Boardsource.
- Annual Board Tune Up Checklist, National Council of Nonprofits.
If there are other topics you want to know about, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we don’t know that information, we may know where that information can be found.