The Royal Oak Historical Museum currently
maintains over 10,000 items in its historical
collections. When a new donation or purchase comes
into the museum a hand written collection record
is filled out for every item or group of items.
This record contains a detailed description of
each item or group, its general condition, the
purchasing or donor's information, and its
classification in the collection. Items are
classified under four categories, objects, photos,
archives, or library (see below). All of the
information from the collection record is entered
into the museums computer system using Past Perfect
software. The item is assigned, and inscribed with
an accession number, then properly stored in the
appropriate location within the museums storage
Objects - are
defined as art, artifacts, natural history or historical
objects. For example furniture, housewares,
framed drawings or paintings.
contains all types of photographic formats and
contains all types of documents: letters, manuscripts,
diaries, corporation records, insurance records,
and pamphlets, scrapbooks,
newspaper clippings and articles.
consists of all published books, entire newspapers and
magazines, yearbooks, anniversary books,
municipal publications. A
sub-catagory contains various film, video and audio media.
If you would like to make a donation of historic items to
our collections please contact us at 248.439.1501