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Artifact Assessment Program

The New Jersey Association of Museums is pleased to offer the
Artifact Assessment Program (AAP).

A FREE service for non-profit history, museum, and science organizations in New Jersey

that collect and care for the artifacts that help tell our unique history.

AAP is funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission and managed by NJAM.

The program is designed to guide organizations on how to best provide optimal care for the objects entrusted to them, so that current and future generations can continue to benefit from a close connection to history.

AAP is here to help!


Now offering AAP Virtual Visits!

Collections care and management surveys conducted 100% on-line through a virtual meeting

with an AAP consultant

Scroll down for more info, including how to apply!

What can AAP do for my organization?

The assessment includes a review and evaluation of the documentation, storage and condition of the artifacts in your collection by a professional curator, who is a member of the New Jersey Association of Museums.

Your organization will receive a detailed report, which can then be used to apply for grants to help you meet the report’s suggestions and recommendations. Follow-up services can include evaluation of specific collections, help in disaster preparedness or response, evaluation of a move to a new building or location or scope of work for a grant-funded project. All at no cost to your organization!


Who is eligible for AAP?

To be eligible for an AAP survey, organizations must:

  • Be non-profit located in New Jersey
  • Have collections related to New Jersey
  • Make their collections available to the public
  • Hold artifact collections in the public trust

Choose the option that best suits your needs:

Initial Collection Survey (includes in-person site visit):

  • Survey and evaluate environmental conditions in storage and exhibition areas
  • Survey and evaluate condition of artifacts in storage and on exhibition 
  • Survey and evaluate storage arrangement and collection management processes 
  • Survey and evaluate documentation systems, processes, and intellectual access

Follow-up Visit (can include but not limited to):

  • Evaluation of a specific collection or project
  • Aid in disaster preparedness or response
  • Evaluation of move to a new building or location
  • Scope of Work for Grant Funded Project

*NEW* AAP Virtual Visit (no in-person site visit):

  • Survey and evaluate documentation systems, processes and intellectual access

  • Artifact display/storage

  • Artifact storage plan or move

  • Document review

  • Follow-up Visit may be conducted virtually

How can we apply for an AAP Survey?

Online application now available HERE

OR Download and fill in a paper application HERE

Mail the completed application to:

New Jersey Historical Commission
Attention: AAP
P. O. Box 305
Trenton, NJ 08625-0305 

For non U.S. mail delivery:

New Jersey Historical Commission
Attention: AAP
225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625


For help with questions or for more information,
please contact NJAM's Artifact Assessment Program Coordinator: 

Disclosure: Reports will not be widely discussed by consultants but will be available to staff and consultants of NJHC and NJAM’s representatives on an as needed basis. The New Jersey State Archives is the final repository for the artifact assessment program’s reports. Membership in the New Jersey Association of Museums is not required (but always appreciated) to receive service. All consultants are members of the New Jersey Association of Museums.

The New Jersey Association of Museums received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission,
a division of the Department of State, to provide artefact assessment surveys.


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