Artifacts and Specimen at Approved Museums and Repositories

Information for Museums and Curatorial Repositories

The official rules and procedures that all State-approved facilities follow:

The official form/application and agreement to begin or renewal for State-approved status: (Please note on-site held-in trust agreements are developed separately)

Working with the State Attorney General's Office, these curation agreement standards were developed for repositories seeking newly State-Approved status or when revising previously approved curation agreements or "intent-to curate" agreements with permittees:

A reference manual updated periodically for State-Owned collections care:

Official State-Approved museum/repository loan agreement guidelines for state collections: 

While sound collections research policy is optimal these guidelines are intended to assist both archaeological/paleontological research organizations and approved repositories working with State artifacts/fossils that have insufficient research interest and are "non-curatable". These guidelines mirror many of the procedures and standards in amendments to 36 CFR 79 for the proper disposal of certain Federal collections of insufficient research interest:

Complete this form for the proposed disposition of "non-curatable" State collections:

Complete this receipt form for the transfer acceptance of a State collection:

Previously approved non-renewing museums or curatorial repositories should inform the Office of State Archaeologist of Colorado their plan for continued care and management of State collections. This form provides a baseline confirmation of the collections under their care and an acknowledgement to continue to maintain minimal care practices:

The program has a long tradition of holding Curation Alliance Forums, these mini-conference for State-Approved Museums and Curatorial Repositories (SAMCR) and those organizations/individuals interested in the program offer training, education and a behind-the scenes tours of a partner repository. 

You can find recorded session on the 2021 Curation Alliance Forum on our program YouTube channel by clicking HERE

The Forum Flyer can downloaded below:

Curation Alliance Forum Flyer

Curation Alliance Forum 2021 October 14th Final Agenda

View and re-watch past Curation Alliance Forums and Repository Confabs ("con•fab",(kŏn′făb″), short for confabulation, which means)► n. a casual talk; a conversation, chat, or presentation) by visiting us on YouTube HERE