Resources for Historical Organizations

DCHC is committed to helping build our history partners’ capacity by creating opportunities for development and providing resources.
The DeKalb County History Center is committed to working with local historical organizations. Here you can find a variety of resources as a guide to many challenges faced by those in archives, historic sites, libraries, and museums. Many of the links are from the Minnesota Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Society.
Can’t find what you need? Email info@dekalbcountyhistory.org or call (815) 895-5762 for help.

Collection Resources

Care of collections
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Creating a padded hanger for textiles
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General preservation
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Housekeeping guidelines
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Disaster preparation
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Monthly newsletter “Collection Advisor”
(previous topics include: access, collection processing, exhibits, facilities, funding, policies and procedures)
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Other Resources

Oral history
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Professional standards
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Interpretation
(topics include: evaluation, exhibits, historical markers, and public programs)
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Management
(topics include: archives/libraries, digitizing, audio records, web/social media, photographs, policies and storage)
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Forms
Deed of Gift Form Oral History Donation Form