American Association of Museums Makes Ownership Histories Public

Posted on August 12, 2008


The American Association of Museums (AAM) released new guidelines on Monday that requires museums to make the ownership histories of its archaeological collections public.  While the guidelines have no legal effect, the majority of museums voluntarily comply with the policies.  The new AAM guidelines echo those released by the American Association of Museum Directors (AAMD) in June.  Both sets of guidelines provide ethical guidance to procure and maintain collections in such a way as to discourage the illegal trade.

Read about and download the new museum guidelines on the AAM website.

Download a .pdf of the new museum director guidelines at the AAMD Newsroom.