1. The Society must have clear title to all acquisitions. It will not accept objects on long-term loan, except in special circumstances as determined by the Accession Committee.
2. All acquisitions must be clearly related to the history of the Mascoutah area. Objects represented as related to specific events, places, or persons should be authenticated by documentation. Objects not related to specific events, places, or persons should be typical of an element in Mascoutah's history. Items which are merely sentimental, attractive, or unusual should not be made part of the permanent collection.
3. Acquisitions should be in good enough condition so that they can be useful to the museum without straining the financial or technical resources for preservation and exhibition.
4. The Accession Committee must have the authority to decide what to accept for the museum and how to use or dispose of what is not added to the collection.
5. The Accession Committee will obtain and use reference books to identify and evaluate objects so that it can choose wisely which objects to accept and keep. These books will become part of a permanent reference library in the museum. In addition, the committee may use Internet resources and outside reference personnel to identify and evaluate objects.
6. The Accession Committee will not assign values to acquisitions. Proffer agreements will be given to the donor, with values based on the donor's valuation of the gift.
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