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Books and products we recommend:

Preservation Wall ChartFramework for the Preservation of Museum Collections Wall Chart outlines various methods that can be used to avoid or control potential deterioration of museum objects. The rows list nine agents of deterioration (direct physical forces: thieves, vandals, displacers; fire; water; pests; contaminants; radiation; incorrect temperature and incorrect relative humidity), while the columns present three different levels at which the agent deterioration can be controlled. The procedures column outlines actions that can be taken. English/Spanish.

Preservation of Museum
Collections Wall Chart

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Security Hardware and Security System Planning for MuseumsCCI Tech Bulletin #19 Security Hardware and Security System Planning for Museums by Wayne Kelly
Helps cultural institutions with their preparations against threats of theft and vandalism. Numerous, inexpensive methods of improving security and various types of currently available sensors and computerized alarm systems are illustrated and described. Several kinds of sensors and their placement within a standardized level of protection proposed for each area in a cultural facility are also recommended.

Security Hardware & Security System Planning $18.00

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Fire Prevention Programs for MuseumsCCI Tech Bulletin #18 Fire Prevention Programs for Museums by Paul Baril
Will help museums develop and implement effective fire prevention programs. The basic elements of fire prevention programs are discussed, as well as the administration of the program. Numerous examples are provided to help museum staffs prepare documents and procedures.

Fire Prevention Programs for Museums $18.00

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Links to related information on other sites:

The Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations: Resources – Starting a Museum or Historical Organization

We want to start a new museum. Can AAM help?

Museum Careers – AAM

Texas Association of Museums, Publications List

Practical Guide to Museums and Historic Renovation

The Most Common Security Mistakes Most Museum Architects Make – (An Adobe PDF file) Construction/Architects%20Mistakes.PDF

Determining Museum Storage Equipment Needs (Conserve-O-Gram 4/10) – (An Adobe PDF file) conserveogram/04-10.pdf

Determining Museum Storage Space Requirements (Conserve-O-Gram 4/11) – (An Adobe PDF file) conserveogram/04-11.pdf

Planning a Research Space (Conserve-O-Gram 4/14) – (An Adobe PDF file) conserveogram/04-14.pdf

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