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The Royal Oak Historical Museum currently maintains over 10,000 items in its historical collections. When a new donation or purchase comes into the museum a hand written collection record is filled out for every item or group of items. This record contains a detailed description of each item or group, its general condition, the purchasing or donor's  information, and its classification in the collection. Items are classified under four categories, objects, photos, archives, or library (see below). All of the information from the collection record is entered into the museums computer system using Past Perfect software. The item is assigned, and inscribed with an accession number, then properly stored in the appropriate location within the museums storage facility.


Objects - are defined as art, artifacts, natural history or historical objects. For example  furniture, housewares,
                 clothing , tools,
framed drawings or paintings.

Photos - contains all  types of photographic formats and negatives. 

Archives - contains all types of documents: letters, manuscripts, diaries, corporation records, insurance records, 
                    program books
and pamphlets, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and articles.

Library - consists of all published books, entire newspapers and magazines, yearbooks, anniversary books,
                 commercial and
municipal publications. A sub-catagory contains various film, video and audio media.

If you would like to make a donation of historic items to our collections please contact us at 248.439.1501

Featured Artifact:

     The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce was established in 1922. This pamphlet "One Year a Host" was published one year latter.





Baldwin Theatre              1835 Letter                                  Physician's Bag           Ashtrays

Real Estate Flyer            WWII Monitoring Station           Ladies Hats

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