The New Jersey Association of Museums has added a new service: the Artifact Assessment Program. The program entitles New Jersey nonprofit organizations to receive free professional evaluations of collections, storage, and exhibition areas.
There are no deadlines for applications as this is an ongoing program through the association and AAP evaluations are performed at no cost to the organization.
To be eligible to receive the service, organizations must be a nonprofit organization in New Jersey and have collections related to New Jersey; make their collections available to the public; hold artifact collections in the public trust; and they must not receive primary funding from a government organization.
Types of Services Offered:
Initial Collection surveys on-site:
- Survey and evaluate environmental conditions in storage and exhibition areas
- Survey and evaluate condition of artifacts in storage and on exhibition
- Survey and evaluate storage arrangement and collection management processes
- Survey and evaluate documentation systems, processes, and intellectual access
Follow-up programs include but are not limited to:
- Evaluation of a specific collection or project
- Aid in disaster preparedness or response
- Evaluation of move to new building or location
- Scope of Work for Grant Funded Project
Reports will not be widely discussed by consultants but will be available to staff and consultants of New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) and NJAM’s representatives on an as needed basis. The New Jersey State Archives is the final repository for the artifact assessment program’s reports. Membership in the New Jersey Association of Museums is not required (but always appreciated) to receive service. All consultants are members of the New Jersey Association of Museums.
To apply, download the application form here.