Collection Access Policy

One principal mission of the Museum is to support research on its collections. The Museum grants access to collections for the purpose of research and study conforming to the standards of the scholarly disciplines it represents and to individual scholars and members of groups whose traditional culture is represented by collections held by the Museum.

Making An Appointment for Collections Research

Please submit all research requests, including those for museum documents and catalog cards, via our online Access Request Form.

It should be noted that the following supplemental information will be required once the request has been processed:

  • Student researchers are required to provide a letter of support from a faculty member from their home institution who is familiar with their research.
  • Unaffiliated researchers should provide a brief CV with their statement of research objectives.
  • Collections covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) may require letters of permission from the appropriate Tribal authorities. Additional guidance will be provided by Museum staff upon submission of the research request.
Requests to conduct destructive analysis, publish photographs from the museum's collection, or for original photography require separate consideration and are subject to other policies. For more information, go to our Policy for Destructive Analysis or Policy for Photography at the Museum.