Collections : Collections policies
Collections policies for UCMP researchers
Teaching loan policies
- General policy
Faculty Curators are responsible for insuring proper handling and return of UCMP specimens used in their classes or by graduate instructors. Faculty Curators must approve and sign for teaching loans.
Whenever possible the use of casts is preferable to fossils for teaching purposes. Loans of rare or fragile specimens will be reviewed on a case by case basis by a Museum Scientist in consultation with the loanee.
Loans for teaching are generally available for the duration of a particular course lab or section of a course. Loans are subject to recall for research or molding. Please bring any specimens that are broken or require preparation to the staff's attention.
- Submit a list of the desired specimens to the appropriate Museum Scientist three business days before the date the specimens are needed.
- Fill out and place a "blue card" in the collection for each specimen removed.
Research loan policies
UCMP accepts donated materials complementary to existing collections. Specimens must have locality data and, if of a regulated nature, evidence of clear title (e.g., copies of collecting permits, permission letters from private land owners, or deeds of gift). UCMP reserves the right to choose not to accept materials of unclear ownership or history.