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When a History Museum Closes -- 2006 Ethics Position Paper

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There are times when the only option for a history museum or organization is to close its doors. This 2006 position paper by the AASLH Standing Committee on Standards and Ethics provides guidance for this unfortunate event and outlines the ethical steps necessary to complete it.

Topics covered include:

  • Deaccessioning
  • Disposal
  • Dissolution of assets
  • Legal issues

AASLH also provides its ethical standards for dealing with collections in this scenario and provides guidelines for action to ensure that collections are handled in the best interest of the public trust.