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Collaborating is key to the success of The History Trust. Here are ways we can learn from each other to preserve and share our collections.


Collaboration and Communities of Practice

It’s a good idea to join professional organizations, first local then regional and national organizations as budgets allows. The following three are a good start for History Trust members, and each has annual dues based on the size of an organization’s budget. It’s a great way to learn!

  • Maine Archives & Museums ⇗ – Collecting institutions of all kinds, and their directors, staff, and volunteers, are encouraged to join (https://www.mainemuseums.org/MAMMembership).
  • NEMA ⇗New England Museum Association is good for a wide range of organizations, small to large, various types of museums (https://nemanet.org/membership/museum/).
  • AASLH ⇗American Association for State & Local History is probably the best national organization for a small, local historical society (https://aaslh.org/membership/).

Code of Ethics for Archives and Museums

Following a commonly agreed upon set of ethical principles and practices encourages member organizations to act beneficially and for the common good of all History Trust collaborators.

  • SAA ⇗ Society of American Archivists Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics are intended to guide individuals who perform archival labor or who work in archival environments (https://www2.archivists.org/statements/saa-core-values-statement-and-code-of-ethics).
  • AAM ⇗ American Alliance of Museums Code of Ethics for Museums is presented as the Framework for Museum Excellence which provides a structure inclusive of AAM-issued standards and best practices, as well as those developed by discipline-specific organizations and issue-specific groups (https://www.aam-us.org/programs/ethics-standards-and-professional-practices/).

Preserving and Sharing Collections

Wondering about collections care and management, or how to share your collections with the public? Here’s info to help.

  • Preserve Collections – Resources recommended by the History Trust collections committee and “Stewardship Notes” prepared for History Trust members.
  • Share History – Help making historical collections available to all.

The following links were offered in a New England Museum Association 2020 workshop.

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