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BENEFITS OF CAMM MEMBERSHIP

  • Whether you are thinking about strategic planning or worrying about a soggy artifact, CAMM colleagues nationwide will share insights and experience;
  • Join a collegial group of peers and mentors who face similar challenges;
  • Participate in a network of over 90 maritime museums, institutions and individuals across North America and beyond;
  • Attend the annual meetings for face-to-face networking and sharing expertise;
  • Promote your museum in our directory with inclusion on our location map, which can be viewed by member institutions and the public at large;
  • Receive Reciprocal Admissions Cards for your top members, which entitle the bearer to free admission at CAMM member museums. CAMM full and affiliate members typically issue reciprocal admissions cards as a membership benefit at the $100 level and above.


TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP

CAMM is an association of member museums and sister organizations. There are two categories of organizational membership. Membership dues are $125/year for both types.

  • Full Members are entitled to vote, hold elected and executive office, and constitute a quorum for CAMM business.
  • Affiliate Members are also entitled to participate in CAMM activities, except they may not vote or hold elected or executive office, or make nominations for offices, and they may not constitute a quorum. Affiliate Members may serve on committees and in advisory capacities.
  • Maritime museum professionals not currently affiliated with a member organization may participate in CAMM as Individual Members. Students and interns may join CAMM at the introductory Student Member rate. Individual and Student members have the same status as Affiliates.

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • All Members are approved by the Board and pay yearly dues.
  • All Members must abide by the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) By-laws and Code of Ethics; the policies of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and the United Nationals Educational, Scientific and Cultural  Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Protection of Underwater Heritage 2001. (See copies of these documents under “Supplementary Materials” below.)

CAMM member institutions shall adhere to archaeological standards consistent with those of AAM/ICOM, and shall not knowingly acquire or exhibit artifacts which have been stolen, illegally exported from their country of origin, illegally salvaged or removed from commercially exploited archaeological or historic sites in recent times.

For Full Membership in CAMM

To become a Full Member of CAMM, an institution must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a maritime museum or museum with significant maritime collections, located within the United States and holding 501(c)(3) status, or museum with significant maritime collections, located outside the United States and meeting all requirements of Sec. 170(c)(2), [except Sec. 170(c)(2)(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.];
  2. Be open to the general public on a regular basis for a minimum of 120 days per year, for at least two years from the time of nomination;
  3. Be an institution which abides by the policies of the AAM, its By-laws, and its Code of Ethics.

For Affiliate Membership in CAMM

To become an affiliate member of CAMM, an institution must abide by the policies of the AAM, its By-laws, and its Code of Ethics and meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Museums with maritime collections which are not predominantly ‘maritime museums’ or which do not qualify for full membership;
  2. Emerging maritime museums, as a preliminary to full membership;
  3. Historic vessels, lighthouses, and lifesaving stations;
  4. Maritime preservation societies;
  5. Oceanographic, marine biological, and scientific organizations with historical interests harmonious with the maritime preservation interests of CAMM;
  6. Accredited educational entities regularly engaged in fields related to maritime preservation;
  7. Maritime museums and preservation institutions elsewhere in the Americas and outside the United States;
  8. Libraries or archives with maritime collections;
  9. Maritime publishers.

For Individual and Student Membership in CAMM

Independent maritime museum professionals who are not currently affiliated with a member institution and other individuals with an interest in North America’s maritime heritage may join as Individual Members or Student Members. Those elected to individual and student membership receive a CAMM reciprocal card, which entitles them to free admission to CAMM member institutions. Individual and Student Members are entitled to participate in CAMM activities, except they may not vote or hold elected or executive office, or make nominations for offices, and they may not constitute a quorum. Individual and Student members may serve on committees and in advisory capacities.

Individual membership dues are $100/year. Student membership dues are $25/year.

APPLYING FOR MEMBERSHIP

CAMM’s mission includes insuring that “the highest professional standards are adhered to in the preservation and interpretation of maritime history, as reflected in collections, site, vessels, and projects.” Because of this, we ask each member museum to adopt the archaeology by-law stating that a maritime museum “shall not knowingly acquire or exhibit artifacts that have been stolen, illegally exported from their country of origin, or illegally salvaged or removed from commercially exploited archaeological or historic sites in recent times.”

To become a Full or Affiliate Member, you’ll need to:

  • Complete a membership application form

CAMM application (in Microsoft Word format)

  • Include institutional endorsement of CAMM Archaeology Standards
  • Send a $125 application fee made payable to CAMM

The application information will be evaluated by the membership committee along with the results of a site. Although the Membership Committee may waive the site visit requirement for Affiliate Membership, all candidate institutions must be elected to membership by the Executive Committee, subject to ratification by a majority of the Full Members.

To become an Individual or Student Member:

  • Complete the personal membership application (Individual Application Coming Soon)
  • Send the appropriate application fee made payable to CAMM

$100 for individual members; $25 for student members

Supplementary materials:

CAMM ByLaws

American Alliance of Museums Code of Ethics for Museums

American Alliance of Museums Guidelines on Exhibiting Borrowed Objects

UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001

ICOM Ethics Code

Questions?

Please contact the CAMM administrator