Collection Management & Care


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Museum Studies .

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About this Course

Examine methods used to physically and intellectually manage various types of objects for their long-term preservation. The focus is on the types of work typically done by collection managers and registrars. Hands-on assignments and labs give students practice in numbering, labeling, identifying proper storage materials for preventive conservation and writing a condition report for actual objects. Students will also write a disaster preparedness plan and an acquisition policy and consider whether to accept objects based on this policy.


  • Collection management policies and procedures
  • Labeling collection objects
  • Accessioning, deaccessioning, cataloging, collection-based records management
  • Care of collections in storage
  • Preventative conservation of collections, with emphasis on archaeological collections
  • Introduction to computer database systems for collection registration
  • Documentation of collection objects


Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Museum Studies .