Course:2: Acquiring Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 1: What Is a Collection Policy and What Does It Do?
Topic:Lesson One Summary


Lesson One Summary

Key points to remember:

  • A Collection Policy informs staff, users, and other interested parties about why and how your program collects historical records.
  • Through this policy your organization
    • Defines the scope of its collections
    • Specifies the subjects and formats of historical records it will accept into its collections
    • Explains the process for acquiring and disposing of records

In the next lesson, we will guide you through each element of a collection policy. Before beginning the next lesson and beginning to draft your policy, you should open the collection policy worksheet, or print it out as a form and work on paper.


To download the Collection Policy Worksheet.doc, and work electronically in the MSWord document, click here.