Artifacts and Specimen at Approved Museums and Repositories

Repository Guidance Library

The 2019 Curation Alliance Forum:

This open gathering on state archaeological and paleontological held-n-trust collections for partner museums and repositories took place at Colorado State University, Anthropology Department, Fort Collins, CO on November 9, 2019. Please click HERE for slide presentations and agenda from the 2019 Curation Alliance Forum.

This is a template for updating or developing your mandatory collection's management policy:

Developed by the Council for State Archivists and adapted by WESTPAS (Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service) this pocket template has been modified for Colorado State-approved museums/repositories to complete their mandatory emergency plan: 

Prepared by Michelle K. Knoll and Bruce B. Huckell for the Society for American Archaeology's Committee on Museums, Collections and Curation, these guidelines offer invaluable advice for museums/repositories and archaeologists:

Developed by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), these workflow instructions provide step by step directions to make custom archival boxes and packages for archaeological collections:

These instructions developed by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) provide step by step custom mountmaking procedures:

Excel calculator tool to figure the proper archival box cutting size for anthropology mountmaking & re-boxing collections developed by Bethany Williams while at DMNS:

State-Approved Museums/Repositories Network Newsletter:

Curation Notes - Newsletter of the State-Approved Museums and Repositories Program

To subscribe to the Curation Notes e-newsletter for Colorado State-Approved Museums and Curatorial Repositories e-mail

Repository Confab

What exactly is a "confab" you might ask? According to various dictionaries a "con•fab",(kŏn′făb″), short for confabulation, means)► n. a casual talk; a conversation or chat. These chats are intended for each of our repository partners and those planning to join the program to provide an opportunity to share information with each other as well to provide repository updates. If you are interested in joining us for the next Confab and you didn't receive the program invitation just email