Information Management - ICMS

Museum collections require information systems to manage them. This task is managed with the Interior Collections Management System (ICMS) which maintains a catalog of the artifacts, archives, historical, and natural history collections at the Center.

Researcher catalogs artifacts
Artifacts are catalogued prior to entry into ICMS.

NPS Staff

The Interior Collection Management System (ICMS) is a collection management system for museum collections in all bureaus and units of the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is used to assist with the cataloging of the objects, specimens, and archival material in the Department's collections. ICMS performs many collection management functions, including:

  • Maintaining catalogs of objects using discipline-specific values
  • Querying catalog objects and collections
  • Creation of accession records, loan forms, and reports
  • Tracking loans, exhibits, and deaccessions
  • ... among others

Since 2006, the National Park Service has used ICMS (and its predecessor ANCS+). Many DOI and NPS employees contributed to the functional requirements for customization of the system to suit Department needs. Here in the National Capital Region, ICMS is used by collections managers to maintain the records on the extensive collections and archives maintained at NCR parks and in the Museum Resource Center in Landover, MD. The ICMS User Manual is available online.

Last updated: December 16, 2014