There’s a Form for That: Documenting Your Collections


Webinar 3

Is your collection properly documented? Every public museum, regardless of number of staff or size of collections, has a duty to record and retain information about the objects in its collection. While it is possible to create individualized records for every object, most museums have developed a group of standard forms that are used to document a variety of actions and activities within the museum. This webinar will consider which museum forms are optional, mandatory, or just nice to have. We will talk about what information should be included on each type of form, and what to consider when creating the forms you need.



Beverly Balger Sutley has been a museum registrar since 1988. Her work experience includes positions at the Palmer Museum of Art of The Pennsylvania State University, the American Visionary Art Museum, the Dayton Art Institute, The Phillips Collection, and the Walters Art Gallery. She earned a Masters of Arts from George Washington University in 1989. She was a member of the American Association of Museums from 1985–2011, served as Chair of Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RC-AAM) from 2002-2004, and served on several committees and task forces for RC-AAM during her years of membership. She has given presentations at the AAM annual meetings covering a variety of topics including packing and shipping of museum objects and museum exhibition planning. As a founding Board member of ARCS, she has been pleased to be a part of this growing organization.


Recorded: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Duration: 1 Hour 25 minutes


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