CCAHA's Preservation Resources provide information on a range of preservation topics from assessing priorities, to preparing collections for moving, to emergency preparedness. Below you'll find short fact sheets targeted to staff in collecting institutions or others who are involved in collections care activities. Click the link to view or download the PDF.
Our technical bulletins address disaster recovery needs integral to operating any collection-holding institution. Each technical bulletin will take you step-by-step from response through recovery and includes information such as disaster preparedness, recovery procedures, and hazardous situations.
Advocacy refers to a broad range of activities aimed at getting the attention of public officials and influencing how they shape public policies that affect small and large organizations. Busy officials and their staff need to know what you do, what you contribute, and what support you need to achieve your long term preservation goals—and they also need to know what’s at stake.
Advocacy requires action by you, your staff, and constituents. Only you can showcase your institution and make the case to potential supporters for the resources you need. You are the best advocate for your organization.
The advocacy process includes conversation, phone calls, letters, active engagement, testimonials, demonstration of program results, participation in regional and national events, tracking of relevant legislative action, and mobilization of allies, members, partners, and supporters. An advocacy plan includes public acknowledgement and thanks for the support you do receive, with periodic follow-ups about your continuing efforts and successes.
You have the right as well as the responsibility to speak up and make known the significant asset you represent. The eight parts of the Collections Advocacy Toolkit guide you through the basic steps of an advocacy plan.
The Collections Advocacy Toolkit was developed for Save Pennsylvania's Past, a statewide effort to preserve the millions of objects and historic artifacts that shape the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's history and define our nation. The initiative was supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and by the Arthur Ross Foundation, Inc.