For this thesis I have two key sources, the collection policies for the American Association for Art Museum Directors and the American Alliance of Museums. The AAMD states this as their definition of deaccessioning, These policies are the key as to how museums are supposed to handle deaccessions in a professional and ethical manner. These are the policies that set the standards and the foundation for my thesis argument. When these policies are broken then the issues of deaccessioning become a great concern and are often publicly scrutinized. Because artwork is held within the publics’ trust, these policies are designed to hold museums to their “oath.” Some of these policies state that funds from a deaccession are not allowed to go towards the operating budget of a museum, only towards the acquisition of new objects for the museums collection. Another important aspect to consider is that deaccessioning is allowed if done properly and helps to strengthen the mission of an institution. But most institutions agree that “Deaccessioning decisions must be made with great thoughtfulness, care, and prudence. Expressions of donor intent should always be respected in deaccession decisions and the interests of the public, for whose benefit collections are maintained, must always be foremost in making deaccession decisions” (AAMD).