Army Museums, Historical Artifacts, and Art
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.