Sustaining Places

Resources for small museums and historic sites


General Information

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) has created Standards and Guidelines for the Curation of Archaeological Collections.

The SHA also provides a fact sheet which walks you through cleaning, storing, and labeling artifacts.

SHARD (Sonoma Historic Artifact Research Database) is a free artifact cataloging system developed by the SHA and Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University for early to mid 19th and 20th century archeological sites.  The database software and How To manual are available for download.

This “Common 20th Century Artifacts – A Guide to Dating” provided by the SHA will assist you in dating historical sites based on the artifacts found at the site.


The Delaware State Historic Preservation Office provides resources to plan and execute architectural and/or archaeological surveys in the state.

Cemetery Preservation

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission provides information on Pennsylvania cemetery history and preservation. Resources include federal laws protecting burial sites and guidelines for preservation.

Mailing Address

University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program, Sustaining Places
77 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711