Creating a community archive may have been a deliberate decision, or it may have happened by accident. A successful project that generates a lot of local interest will often result in people checking their attic or cupboards and either offering to donate things to your group, or allowing you to make copies of them.
Regardless of the circumstances in which your archive or collection began, presumably it is your intention to keep it safe, and also to allow interested people to see the items you have collected. You therefore need to establish some basic principles that will ensure the items are kept in good condition (or in the condition they were on receipt, if you do not have the funds for conservation). You also need to set up a system that will allow you to find things, and will also allow others to find out what you are holding.
This guide will help you with tips and information on the following topics:
- Providing access