Accessing Collections
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Artifact storageThe Anasazi Heritage Center (AHC) collections and data management programs focus on the preservation of, access to, and use of archaeological collections and archives. These programs also support and enhance the AHC's exhibit and interpretation program.

Access to non-NAGPRA Collections

Access to all non-NAGPRA collections curated at the AHC must be made by request through the Supervisory Museum Curator, using the program's "Use of Collections Request Form."

Requests must be as specific as possible in describing the collection materials requested and the purpose of the research to be conducted; and must include a research proposal and professional references and institutional affiliation. The requests will be assessed by the Supervisory Museum Curator to determine if the request can be met with the collections curated at the AHC and to determine appropriateness of the request. If destructive analysis is proposed, the request must be approved by the AHC Research Committee.

Once collections access is assessed and approved, the Supervisory Museum Curator will arrange a specific time when the collections can be made available. As much advance notice as possible is respectfully requested. Thirty days lead time is preferred from the time the request is made until access to collections is provided. 

Archive collection storageCollections/Archives Access for NAGPRA collections

Due to the sensitive nature and legal requirements of collections that fall under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (43 CFR Part 10), any requests for access to information, documentation or collections that include NAGPRA material must first receive approval from AHC Research Committee and agency or bureau that owns, and therefore has legal control of, the requested collections and information before access can be granted.


Collections and research resources are available for students and researchers to access.

Please contact Curator Bridget Ambler for more information on policies and procedures for researchers.