RHSP: Conducting an Inventory


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The Regional Heritage Stewardship Program is an initiative of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its Intermountain West regional program is conducted in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services and Utah Humanities.

Inventorying collections is one of the most crucial parts of any collections management program. A thorough inventory underpins good intellectual control, emergency preparedness and response, security, and helps to determine preservation priorities. This webinar will discuss the process and principles for carrying out a basic inventory of your museum, library, or archival collection.

About the Speaker:

Sabrina Sanders, Artifact Collections Manager, Utah Division of State History

Sanders is the Artifacts Collection Manager for the Utah Division of State History, where she also sits on the acquisition committee. She is an active member of the Utah Museums Association, taking part in programming for the annual conference. An initial degree in art history from Wayne State University was followed with an MA from Johns Hopkins University in museum studies, she believes authentic objects bring history alive.

About the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program:

Our Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP) brings vital preservation services to three regions of the country:

  • The Intermountain West: Nevada, Utah, and parts of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico
  • Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
  • The Deep South: Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, RHSP was created in consultation with the American Association for State and Local History, which helped identify these regions as areas with limited access to conservators and preservation expertise.

Over 2017 and 2018, CCAHA conducted in-person workshops, webinars, and preservation needs assessments at institutions across Appalachia and the Deep South. In 2019, these services extended to new areas of those regions, as well as the Intermountain West.