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Collection Management Policies
Collection Management Plans
Collection Storage Plans

Scope of Collection Statements
Integrated Pest Management Plans

Preservation Planning and Implementation
Training for Staff and Volunteers
Object Cataloging
Archival Rehousing/Custom Enclosures

Collection Moves
Database Management
Emergency and Disaster Planning


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Archival Methods and Processes Training Course
Archival and Historical Material Surveys
Collection Appraisal, Arrangement, Description, and Archival Storage
Finding Aid Preparation
Records Management Training



Historical Research

Tribal Consultation
Historic Context Studies
Administrative Histories
Oral History Collection and Transcription
Interpretive Plans
Exhibit Development and Installation
Wayside Exhibits

High Desert Curation works with your organization to provide professional museum and historical research services. We are project and results oriented and focus on client needs and timelines. We can work with federal, state, and local governments, museums, universities, historical societies, businesses, and private individuals.

We provide services ranging from collections management planning and writing of core documents to cataloging and preparation of collection objects.

We will work with your agency or organization to implement a records management plan, conduct an archives survey, arrange, describe, catalog, and/or digitize archives, and rehouse collections for your storage facility. When cataloged according to archival standards, these collections become a valuable resource for your institution, researchers, and the public.

We provide a wide range of historical research services that focus on telling the stories of events, places, people, and management actions that have affected our landscapes, communities, and resources.

We evaluate museum and archival storage spaces, furniture, enclosures, and organization to develop plans and recommendations to align storage practices with professionally accepted standards. Depending on the client's needs, these plans may involve evaluating the storage environment (temperature, relative humidity, light exposure, pest threats, and security); evaluating storage furniture and the need for replacement (cabinets, shelves, hanging racks, etc.); evaluating object/document enclosures including boxes, folders, padding, mounts, density, and the need for rehousing; and assessing object/archive storage organization to determine the best organization for preservation and access. After current conditions are evaluated, plans and recommendations based on professional standards are developed with consideration for the financial resources, staff, and space available to the museum or archive. Plans can include recommendations from the building to the individual object level.

In addition to evaluating current storage conditions, we offer rehousing services to ensure your collections are housed in acid-free museum quality materials that promote long term preservation and damage-free access. This may involve housing with premade materials such as folders, document boxes, specimen trays, textile boxes, etc., or custom building mounts and enclosures. We make custom-built boxes and mounts for archives such as oversize maps and documents, books, and photographs. We also make specialized boxes and mounts for museum objects including textiles, baskets, pottery, fans, and many other objects. These custom mounts/enclosures allow for safe access without direct handling and provide the best possible support and materials for long-term preservation.

Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Arizona and Utah
Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Sioux Indian Museum, South Dakota
Museum of the Plains Indian, Montana
Southern Plains Indian Museum, Oklahoma
City of Boise, Idaho
Idaho State Historical Society
Idaho State Museum
Idaho State Historic Preservation Office
Idaho Heritage Trust
Rainshadow Research

Every museum and archives collection should have a current collection management policy. Developing this policy ensures your collection is managed consistently and according to professional standards. Policies frequently include the mission and history of an organization; scope of collection statement; acquisition, accession, deaccession, and cataloging standards; use of collections; incoming and outgoing loans; care of collections; storage plans; housekeeping standards; emergency preparation; code of ethics; and review period. These policies are developed through a process of reviewing current core documents/policies and procedures, asking for staff input, conducting site visits, providing drafts for staff review, and incorporating edits/comments into a final policy which is approved by the organization's leadership. 

Collection Management Plans involve a complete assessment of an organization's collection management practices. After evaluation, recommendations are made to align practices with professionally accepted standards. A collection management plan evaluates: core documents and policies, registration documentation (accession and catalog records and practices, loans, insurance, deaccessioning practices); collection storage environment and conditions (temperature, humidity, pest management, light, storage furniture and methods); exhibits (do they meet preservation standards); fire and security risks, and emergency preparation. These evaluations address the organization from the large-scale to the small-scale and make immediate, short-term, and long-term recommendations. They are designed to give the organization a working plan to implement professional standards and best practices for collections management.

Clearly defining the scope of present and future collection acquisitions focuses the limited resources available to museums and archives onto those collections that promote the mission and goals of an organization. Scope of collections policies define the current holdings and outline guidelines for future collecting activities. These policies typically define a geographic and temporal range, subjects or themes of interest, collection disciplines (history, art, archives, natural history, archeology, etc.), and material types. Scope of Collection Statements also identify objects/archives that will not be collected (materials that fall outside the scope). These policies are developed through stakeholder (staff and leadership) meetings to identify key collecting areas and areas currently well represented in the collections.



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