Direct Care

Preservation & Direct Care

“Direct care,” a key phrase of the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) Code of Ethics for museums and historic sites that maintain collections, has only recently been defined by the AAM. Take a look at the new definition, which is reflected in the revised collections policy for National Trust Historic Sites. Read the policy and see how direct care is implemented for collections that include buildings and landscapes.

Read the White Paper

Following a thoughtful multi-year process AAM has released Direct Care of Collections: Ethics, Guidelines and Recommendations,”a white paper that not only defines direct care for the first time but also provides guidance for understanding and using the phrase.


NTHP Collections Management Policy

The revised (2014) collections policy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation which ensures that structures, landscapes, and objects are treated as artifacts that tell the history of these important places.


Defining “Direct Care” for Museum Collections

In this post on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog, Tom Mayes, examines the recent white paper from the American Alliance of Museum which defines the phrase "direct care" from AAM's Code of Ethics.


Collections Policy Position Paper

The National Trust's collections policy position paper that examines how including historic buildings and landscapes as part of museum collections impacts NTHP's 27 historic sites. (Published: 2014)


When Buildings and Landscapes Are the Collection

When museum objects and the historic real estate are treated as completely separate types of resources, conflicts between the care of objects, on one hand, and the care of the buildings and grounds, on the other, are inevitable and can be detrimental to the long-term stewardship of all of these resources.

Read about how buildings and landscapes can be a part of a historic sites collection in this article by Katherine Malone-France and Tom Mayes.


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