A selection of declarations, recommendations and guidelines directly or indirectly regarding university museums, collections and heritage can be found below, organised by date, starting with UMAC’s.

If you are searching for more general literature, you can find it here.


UMAC Statement on Protection of Museum Infrastructure

Farsi version

UMAC, 8 September 2018


UMAC Resolution on the Protection of University Collections

UMAC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013


UNIVERSITY MUSEUMS & COLLECTIONS: Importance, Responsibility, Maintenance, Disposal & Closure (Guidelines)

UMAC, 2007


 Recommendation concerning the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society

UNESCO, 2015


REPORT Ethical Principles for the Management and Restitution of Colonial Collections in Belgium, June 2021.

In French here



Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2020


Política de Preservação dos Acervos Científicos e Culturais da Fiocruz (Portuguese)

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil, 2018


University of São Paulo Charter on University Heritage (English)

In Portuguese

Centro de Preservação Cultural, USP, Brazil, 2017


Carta de Lima (Spanish)

ICOM Peru, 2017


Professional Practices for Academic Museums & Galleries

Association of Academic Museums & Galleries, USA, 2017


Carta do Rio de Janeiro sobre Patrimônio Cultural da Ciência e Tecnologia (Portuguese) | Rio de Janeiro Charter on the Heritage of Science and Technology (English)

Multiple subscribers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017


Regulation on the Historical and Scientific-Technical Cultural Heritage of the Complutense University of Madrid

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, Brazil, 2016


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Universidad de Alcalá, Universidade de Coimbra, 2015


Selection criteria for recent material heritage of science at universities

Universeum Working Group on Recent Heritage of Science, 2014


Minimum Requirements for Preservation and Access of Recent Heritage of Science

Universeum Working Group on Recent Heritage of Science, 2014


Quality Criteria for University Collections

Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany, 2014


Guidelines for Collections Policies and Mission Statements [University Collections]

Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany, 2014


Carta de intención, Museos Universitarios del Mercosur

Museos Universitarios del Mercosur (multiple subscribers), Argentina, 2014


Impact and Engagement: University Museums for the 21st Century
University Museums Group (UMG) & University Museums in Scotland (UMIS), UK, 2013


REPORT Campus Art Museums in the 21st century: A Conversation

Multiple authors, Cultural Policy Centre, University of Chicago, USA, 2012



REPORT Scientific Collections: Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Federal Science Agencies
Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), National Science and Technology Council, Washington D.C., USA, 2008


Declaración de Salamanca sobre el Patrimonio Histórico-Cultural de las Universidades

Multiple subscribers, Salamanca, Spain, 11 January 2008


Opening doors to learning: University museums in 21st century Scotland

University Museums in Scotland (UMIS), UK, 2004


AAM Position Statement University Natural History Museums and Collections

American Association of Museums (today American Alliance of Museums), USA, November 2003


Minimum Maintenance Requirements & Closure and Disposal Procedures for University Museums & Collections

Standing Committee on Museums and Collections New South Wales/Vice-Chancellors Conference, Australia, 2000


Declaration of Halle: Academic Heritage and Universities – Responsibility and Public Access

Universeum/Multiple subscribers, Halle, Germany, 16 April 2000