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Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP)

CAP: Collections Assessment for PreservationThe Collections Assessment for Preservation program is a joint effort of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) to provide small and mid-sized museums with prioritized recommendations for improving the care of their collections.

A CAP assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The assessment involves a site visit by a collections assessor and a building assessor, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines their recommendations for improved collections care tailored specifically to the participating institution.

A CAP assessment may assist small and mid-sized museums by:

  • identifying short- and long-term priorities for preventive conservation,
  • facilitating the development of a long-range preservation plan, and/or
  • serving as a fundraising tool for future collections projects

How Can My Institution Apply?

Find a complete list of eligibility criteria and the application instructions, along with a link to access the online system.