Since 1960, history professionals have been sharing their expertise through these clear and succinct how-to guides. Whether you seeking information on management and administration, interpretation, research practices, or preservation techniques, or any other subject related to the practice of state and local history, there’s probably a Technical Leaflet that will help.

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Complete List of Technical Leaflets:

276. How to Make a Podcast (2016)
275. Staying Connected: Developing and Maintaining Emergency Contact Lists (2016)
274. Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion into Young Adult Programs (2016)
273. Demonstrating Relevance (2016)
272. How to Design Programs for Millenials (2015)
271. Museum Management Tune-Up (2015)
270. Integrating Science at a History Museum (2015)
269. Improving Financial Management (2015)
268. Building Better Budgets (2014)
267. Not Just a Bunch of Facts: Crafting Dynamic Interpretive Manuals (2014)
266. Developing Comprehensive and Conscientious Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums (2014)
265. From (A)rts to (Z)ombies: a Young Friends Group How-to (2014)
264. Three Building Blocks for Developing Ethical Representations of Difficult Histories (2013)
263. What’s the Big Idea? Using Listening Sessions to Build Relationships and Relevance (2013)
262. How to Plan and Implement Interpretation (2013)
261. Skills Most Valued for Entry-Level Professional Museum Positions (2013)
260. Calculating Risk: A Guide to Project Management for History Professionals (2012)
259. Creating Intergenerational Oral History Opportunities (2012)
258. The Nature of Leadership: Strategies for Leading Historical Programs (2012)
257. Is Your Site Grant-Ready? How to Prepare to Attract Grants (2012)
256. Documenting Local African American Community History: Some Guidelines for Consideration (2011)
255. Interpreting Difficult Knowledge (2011)
254. Designing Education Programs that Connect Students to Collections (2011)
253. An Ounce of Prevention – Worth MORE Than a Pound (2011)
252. The Gift of History (2010)
251. Copyright Issues, Rights Management, and Licensing Programs for Digital Collections by Historical Institutions (2010)
250. Managing Through Hard Times (2010)
249. Exhibit Makeovers: DIY Exhibit Planning (2010)
248. The Handling and Exhibition of Potentially Hazardous Artifacts in Museum Collections (2009)
247. House History: Some Assembly Required (2009)
246. How to Plan Your Digitization Project (2009)
245. Families First! Rethinking Exhibits to Engage All Ages (2009)
244. How Sustainable is Your Historic House Museum? (2008)
243. Preserving Historic Cemeteries (2008)
242. DIY Strategic Planning for Small Museums (2008)
241. Planning Commemorations (2008)
240. Telling a Story in a 100 Words: Effective Label Copy (2007)
239. Courts in the Classroom: Educational Outreach Through the Web (2007)
238. Thinking Evaluatively: A Practical Guide to Integrating the Visitor Voice (2007)
237. Membership Matters: Establishing a Vital Membership Program (2007)
236. From Levittown to Leave it to Beaver: Interpreting Mid-Twentieth Century Suburbia (2006)
235. Reaching Teachers: Marketing Museum Education (2006)
234. Disaster Planning, Preparedness, and Recovery (2006)
233. Handbook for Executive Job Search (2006)
232. Strike Up the Brand: Creating or Enhancing Your Museums Brand Identity (2005)
231. Proprietors of the Bat & Ball: Interpreting the National Pastime and its Predecessor Games (2005)
230. Designing a Summer Teacher Institute (2005)
229. Thinking and Acting to Strengthen the Infrastructure of History Organizations: Seventeen Suggestions (2005)
228. An Outline for Building a Successful Consulting Practice with Nonprofit Clients (2004)
227. Theater 101 for Historical Interpretation (2004)
226. Maximizing the Benefits of a Conservation Assessment: Some Tips for the Small Museum (2004)
225. Caring for Family Treasures: A Basic How-To from Storage to Donation (2004)
224. Ethics Position Paper: The Capitalization of Collections (2003)
223. Planned Giving (2003)
222. Telling the Story: Better Interpretation at Small Historical Organizations (2003)
221. Process Benchmarking for Museums (2003)
220. Closing the Barn Door: Dealing with Security Issues (2002)
219. Breaking In: A Four-Step Approach to Finding Your First Public History Job (2002)
218. How to Write a Furnishing Plan (2002)
217. Digitizing Your Collection (2002)
216. Computerizing Your Collections Records (2001)
215. Exhibit Conservation: Strategies for Producing A Preservation-responsible Exhibition (2001)
214. Undertaking a Capital Building Campaign: Lessons from the Kentucky Historical Society (2001)
213. Unknown, not on old Resource Catalog List
212. Performance Checklist for Historical Institutions, Part II (2000)
211. Performance Checklist for Historical Institutions, Part 1 (2000)
210. A Guide to Oral History Interviews (2000)
209. Fundraising for the Small Museum (2000)
208. Using The Gift of History to Promote Your Org. (1999) 
207. Glass Fibre-Optics Lighting for Historic Building (1999)
206. Protecting Cultural Heritage Properties from Fire (1999)
205. Selling History: A Practical Primer on Museum Product Development and Licensing (1999)
204. Charting the Impact of Museum Exhibitions and Programs (1999)
203. New Director! New Directions? (1998)
202. Developing Effective Educational Programs (1998)
201. Explosive Ordnance Safety: The Boom in the Back (1998)
200. Fancy Fonts, Borders and Boxes: Ten Tips for Better Newsletters Design (1998)
199. Historic Landscapes and Gardens: Procedures for Restoration (1997)
198. Collections Care: What to Do When You Can’t Afford Anything (1997)
197. Interpreting Foodways (1997)
196. A Guide to Resource Organizations (1997)
195. Bringing Up Boomer: Care of Mid-20th Century Media (1996)
194. A Different Path for Historic Walking Tours (1996)
193. Draperies for American Windows (1996)
192. Effective Internship Programs (1996)
191. Using Oral History in Museums (1995)
190. How (& Why) to Form a Purchasing Cooperative (1995)
189. Process for Effective Idea Development (1994)
188. Storage Solutions for Oversized Paper Artifacts (1994)
187. Exhibit Mounts on a Budget (1993)
186. Reaching Teachers: Helping Them Teach State and Local History (1993)
185. The New Hampshire Project: A Cultural Resource Database (1993)
184. Student Projects and Internships in a Museum Setting (1993)
183. Disaster Planning for Cultural Institutions (1993)
182. Time Capsule: Repository of the Past or Romantic Notion? (1992)
181. Wood Floor Management (1992)
180. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (1992)
179. Archival Materials in the History Museum (1992)
178. Buried in Cold Storage: The Alexandria Archaeology Collections Management Project (1991)
177. Understanding the RFP (1991)
176. Documentation Practices in Historical Collections (1991)
175. A Systemized Approach to Exhibit Production Management (1990)
174. Fifty Years of AASLH Annual Meetings (1990)
173. Historical Archaeology as a Tool for Researching and Interpreting Historic Sites (1990)
172. Site Analysis for Tourism Potential (1990)
171. A Holistic Approach to Museum Pest Management (1990)
170. Establishing a Volunteer Program: A Case Study (1990)
169. Nitrate Films in the Public Institution (1989)
168. Establishing a Plaque Program (1989)
167. Beyond the Cards: Documenting Historical Collections with Video Tape (1989)
(NICLOG 101) Developing a Records Management Program (1989)
(NICLOG 102) Developing an Archives Program for Local Government  (1989)
(NICLOG 104) Files Management (1989)
(NICLOG 105) Basic Preservation of Local Government Records (1989)
(NICLOG 106) Inventorying Local Government Records (1989)
(NICLOG 107) Records Retention and Disposition Schedules (1989)
(NICLOG 110) Micrographics (1989)
(NICLOG 112) Machine Readable Records (1989)
165. Unknown, Out of Print
165. Preparing an Earned Income Strategy: A Blueprint for Change (1988)
164. Financial Management for the Local Historical Society (1988)
163-148.  Unknown, Out of Print
147. An Insurance Primer for the Local Historical Organization (1983)
146. Planning and Conducting Successful Seminars and Workshops (1983)
145. Using Memoirs to Write Local History (1982)
144. Compiling Local History Bibliographies (1982)
143. Nonprofit Accounting: Developments in Accounting, Auditing & Financial Reporting of Museums and Historical Agencies (1982)
142. Writing Printing Specifications (1981)
141. Building a Panel Cutter (1981)
140. Early American Account Books: Interpretation and Cataloging and Use (1981)
139. Copying Historical Photographs (1981)
138. Jewish Genealogy: An Annotated Bibliography (1981)
137. Planning Exhibits: From Concept to Opening (1981)
136. Management of Firearms Collections (1981)
135. Black Genealogy: Basic Steps to Research (1981)
134. Some Observations on Establishing Tribal Museums (1981)
133. Cyanotypes: A Modern Use for an Old Technique (1980)
132. Collecting and Preserving Architectural Records (1980)
131. Manuscript Collections: Initial Procedures & Policies (1980)
130. An Annotated Bibliography for Archives Manuscripts (1980)
129. The Brick-by-Brick Technique for Building Models of Masonry Structures (1980)
128. Effects of the Environment on Paper: Review of the Recent Literature (1980)
127. Care and Display of Glass Collections (1980)
126. Archival Preservation of Motion Pictures: Summary of Current Findings (1980)
125. Training Docents: How to Talk to Visitors (1980)
124. Working Effectively with the Press (1980)
123. Using Oral History for a Family History Project (1980)
122. Oriental Carpets: Selection, Use, and Care (1979)
121. Local Historical Records: Programs for Historical Agencies (1979)
120. Evaluating Historical Photographs (1979)
119. Tools of the Woodworker: Tools to Be Pushed (1979)
118. The Eight Most Common Mistakes in Restoring Houses (1979)
117. Craft Festivals: A Planning Guide
116. Post Card Collections in the Local Historical Society (1979)
115. Local History Manuscripts: Sources, Uses, and Preservation (1979)
114. Emergency Preparedness for Museums, Historic Sites, and Archives: An Annotated Bibliography (1990)
113. Authentic Costuming for Historic Site Guides (1979)
112. Flower Arrangements: Prolonging their Life (1979)
111. Maps in the Small Historical Society: Care and Cataloging (1979)
110. Electrifying Exhibits: Low-Voltage Techniques (1978)
109. Ethnic Groups, Part Two: Activities for the Local Society (1978)
108. Ethnic Groups, Part One: Research for the Local Society (1978)
107. Indexing Local Newspapers (1978)
106. Financing Your Historical Organization: Setting Goals (1978)
105. Historic Houses as Learning Laboratories (1978)
104. Historical Markers: Planning Local Programs (1978)
103. Phototypesetting: Getting the Most for Your Money (1978)
102. Dating Costumes: A Check List Method (1977)
101. Antique Farm Equipment: Researching & Identifying (1977)
100. Old Movies: A Source of Local History Programs (1977)
99. Protecting Your Exhibits: Security Methods & Devices (1977)
98. Leather Bookbindings: Preservation Techniques (1977)
97. Appraisals: Of Objects in Historical Collections (1977)
96. Microfilming Historical Records: An Introduction (1977)

These following Technical Leaflets do not have individual pages on our website, but they are available in our online store.

95. Bridge Truss Types: A Guide to Dating and Identifying (1977)
94. Converting Loans to Gifts: One Solution to “Permanent” Loans (1977)
93. Planning Museum Tours for School Groups (1977)
92. Photographing Tombstones: Equipment and Technique (1977)
91. Seven Ways to Look at an Artifact (1976)
90. Making Exhibit Labels: A Mechanical Lettering System (1976)
89. The History of a House: How to Trace It (1976)
88. Organizing Your 2×2 Slides: A Storage & Retrieval System (1976)
87. Current Accounting Trends: Their Impact on Historical Societies (1976)
86. Conserving Local Archival Materials on a Limited Budget (1975)
85. Data Retrieval Without a Computer (1975)
84. Spinning on the Wool Wheel (1975)
83. Security for Museums / Historic Houses: An Annotated Bibliography(1975)
82. Using Consultants Effectively (1975)
81. Restoring Brick & Stone: Some Do’s and Don’ts(1975)
80. Historic Landscapes & Gardens: Procedures for Restoration (1974)
79. Fabricating Bubble Top Cases for Portable Exhibits (1974)
78. Planning a Local Museum (1974)
77. Wood Deterioration (1974)
76. Rescuing Historic Wallpaper: Identification, Preservation, and Restoration (1974)
75. Exhibit of Documents: Preparation, Matting & Display Techniques (1974)
74. Log Cabin Restoration (1974)
73. Exhibit Planning: Ordering Your Artifacts Interpretively (1974)
72. The Role of Trustees: Selection and Responsibilities (1974)
71. Care of Textiles & Costumes: Adaptive Techniques for Basic Maintenance (1974)
70. Traveling Facsimile Exhibits for the Historical Society (1974)
69. Constructing Modular Furniture for Exhibit Mock-Ups (1973)
68. Setting Up a Silk-Screening Facility: Guidelines for the Small Museum (1973)
67. Before Restoration Begins: Keeping Your Historic House Intact (1973)
66. Authentic Flower Arrangements for Period Rooms (1973)
65. Volunteer Docent Programs: Programmatic Approach to Museum Interpretation (1973)
64. Constructing Life-Size Figures for the Historical Museum (1973)
63. Photographing Historical Collections: Equipment, Methods & Bibliography (1973)
62. Securing Grant Support: Effective Planning & Preparation (1972)
61. Underwater Archeology: Guidelines for Amateur Explorer (1972)
60. Exhibit Labels: A Consideration for Content (1972)
59. Scales and Weighing Devices: An Aid to Identification (1972)
58. Cataloging Ephemera: A Procedure for Small Libraries (1972)
57. Cataloging Photographs: A Procedure for Small Museums (1971)
56. Preparing Your Exhibits: Case Arrangement and Design
55. Glossary of Legal Terminology: An Aid to Genealogists (1970)
54. Sponsorship of Museum Exhibits: Industrial & Organizational (1970)
53. Spotting Mechanical Errors in Proof: A Guide for Linecasting Machine Proofreader (1969)
52. Gallery and Case Exhibit Design (1969)
51. Making and Correcting Copy for your Printer (1969)
50. Insuring Against Loss (1969)
49. Preparing Exhibits: The Use of Plexiglass (1969)
48. Nail Chronology as an Aid to Dating Old Buildings (1968)
47. Caring for Clocks
46. The Museum Store: Organization and Sales Techniques (1968)
45. Reaching Your Public Through the Newspaper (1968 )
44. History for Young People: Organizing a Junior Society(1972)
43. Producing the Slide Show for Your Historical Society (1967)
42. A System of Manuscript Appraisal (1967)
41. The Care of Antique Silver (1967)
40. Reaching Your Public: The Historical Society Newsletter (1967)
39. History for Young People: Projects and Activities (1966)
38. Recruiting Members for Your Historical Society (1971)
37. Filing Your Photographs: Some Basic Procedures (1966)
36. Tape-Recording Local History (1973)
35. Publishing in the Historical Society (1966)
34. Displaying Your Costumes: Some Effective Techniques (1972)
33. Historic Site Interpretation: The Human Approach (1965)
32. Tax Problems of the Collectors (1965)
31. A Glossary of Old Lamps and Lighting Devices (1976)
30. Reaching Your Public: Turning Travelers into Visitors (1965)
29. Tools of the Woodworker: Axes, Adzes, and Hatchets (1965)
28. The Library: In the Small Historical Society (1965)
27. Reaching Your Public Through Television (1965)
26. Planning Tours For Your Historical Society (1965)
25. Tools of the Woodworker: Hand Planes (1971)
24. Legible Labels: Three-Dimensional Letters (1964)
23. Legible Labels: Hand-Lettering (1971)
22. Methods of Research for the Amateur Historian (1969)
21. Preparing Your Exhibits: Figures for Miniature Dioramas (1972)
20. Historic Site Interpretation: The Student Field Trip (1971)
19. Historical Society Records: Guidelines for a Protection Program (1972)
18. Historic Houses: An Approach to Furnishing (1970)
17. School Loan Exhibits: For the Local Historical Society (1971)
16. Paint Color Research and Restoration (1968)
15. Genealogical Research: A Basic Guide (1969)
14. Rare Book & Paper Repair Techniques (1970)
13. Preparing Exhibits: Case and Prop Design (1971)
12. Documenting Collections: Museum Registration & Records (1970)
11. Conservation of Metals (1968)
10. Cemetery Transcribing (1971)
09. Preserving the Environment: Participating in the Review Process (1973)
08. Writing Local History: The Use of Social Statistics (1970)
07. Collecting Historical Artifacts: An Aid for Small Museums (1970)
06. Problems and Solutions: Storing Your Collections (1970)
05. Preparing Your Exhibits: Methods, Materials, and Bibliography (1969)
04. Effective Public Relations: Communicating Your Image (1973)
03. Care of Textiles and Costumes: Cleaning & Storage Techniques (1972)
02. Not available
01. Unknown, Out of Print