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Standards & Guidelines

Currently, standards and guidelines exist for the practice of history. Meeting these professional standards greatly benefits your organization.

Meeting professional standards greatly benefits your organization. It helps your credibility when you apply for grants and increases your standing in the eyes of visitors and other stakeholders. Currently, standards and guidelines exist for the practice of history in the areas below. Click through to learn more about them.

Archaeology

Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation: http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/arch_stnds_0.htm

Society for American Archaeology's Principles of Archaeological Ethics: http://www.saa.org/publicftp/public/resources/ethics.html

 
Archives
Society of American Archivists' Standards Portal: http://www.archivists.org/standards
 
Conservation and Preservation

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Digitization

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)/National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Framework for Building Good Digital Collections: http://www.niso.org/publications/rp/framework3.pdf

National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio: Newspaper Digitization Standards and Best Practices from The Local Historian, September/October 2013.

 
Genealogy
Board Certification for Genealogists and the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual: http://www.bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html
 
Historical Societies and Museums
Standards and Excellence Program (StEPs) of the American Association for State and Local History: http://aaslh.org/steps.htm
 
Historic Preservation
Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation: http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/arch_stnds_0.htm
 
History Scholarship
American Historical Association's Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct: http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/ProfessionalStandards.cfm
 
Museums
American Association of Museums' Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums: http://www.aam-us.org/resources/assessment-programs
 
Oral History
Oral History Association's Principles and Best Practices: http://www.oralhistory.org/do-oral-history/principles-and-practices
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