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Gathering Information

The Indiana Historical Society and the Hoosier Heritage Alliance received an Institute of Museum and Library Services Connecting to Collections planning grant in 2008. A survey of heritage collecting institutions was complete. The results of the survey, as well as other resources generated through the grant are below.

Results of 2008-2009 Hoosier Heritage Alliance Activities

Survey Report

What the HHA discovered – a summary of responses from the 272 of 1,006 organizations known to collect Hoosier heritage materials in 2008.


The HHA recommendations include greater awareness of the contents and care of heritage collections, more training in collections care and increased funding for collections care activities.

Complete Data Results

Data from every question asked in the HHA survey in chart form.

Collections Terms

A glossary of collections care, conservation and preservation terms created to assist organizations in the completion of the HHA survey.

Online Resources

Links to national and statewide collections care resources.


This 56-question survey, mailed September 2008, asked questions about collections management, preservation activities and the storage environment of Hoosier heritage collections.