AR 870–20

Army Museums, Historical Artifacts, and Art

This revision–

o Completely revises AR 870-20.

o Incorporates AR 870-15, Army Art Collection.

o Realigns accountability policy with chapter 2, AR 710-2, Inventory Management Supply Policy below the Wholesale Level.

o Adds policy for demilitarization requirements for items on static display to Federal and non-Federal entities.

o Defines the process for section 2572, title 10, United States Code transactions; loans and gifts to non-Federal entities; and exchanges (2572 (b)), known as the Army Exchange Program.

o Defines the duties and responsibilities of the Army Chief Curator.

o Identifies statutory responsibility and authority.

o Establishes new terms including certified museum, museum activity, and historical collection.

o Establishes new controls on historical artifacts loaned to Army museums.

o Establishes the Army Museum Information System as the central historical artifact accounting program for the Army.

o Establishes a Central Control Number for each artifact in the Army Historical Collection.

o Updates preservation and conservation standards for historical artifacts.

o Changes the requirements for photographing historical artifacts.

o Establishes procedures for handling hazardous and radioactive materials found in historical artifacts and equipment.

o Changes the requirements for fire suppression systems in museum buildings.

o Defines the mission and management of the U.S. Army Historical Clearinghouse.

o Establishes responsibility for the storage of Army flags, colors, guidons, and associated material.

o Establishes requirements for systematic collection of historically significant materiel during combat and contingency operations.

o Includes the Center of Military History policy: Code of Ethics for Employees at Army Museums.

o Includes turn-in procedures for organizational historical property from inactivating units.

o Includes the Minimum Requirements Listing when developing a Command Supply Discipline Program evaluation.

o Changes the Center of Military History, Museum Division, address from Commander, U.S. Army Center of Military History, ATTN: DAMH-MD, 1099 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-3402 to Commander, U.S. Army Center of Military History, ATTN: DAMH-MD, Building 35, 103 3d Avenue, Fort McNair, Washington, DC 20319-5058 effective 1 August 1998.


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