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Bishop Museum collections from Hawaii and the Pacific are among the largest and most important in the world.
Learn about the research projects Bishop Museum scientists are working on in the Hawaiian Islands and the greater Pacific Basin.
1) A completed Collections Access Request Form must be submitted to the Department of
Anthropology via the CM. The form includes contact and affiliation information for the researcher and
information about the proposed research project.
2) Collections access requests must be approved by a Collections Access and Loan Committee
composed of the CM and senior Department of Anthropology staff members.
3) Materials requested for examination should not be in current use or have been scheduled for use
at Bishop Museum at the time of the proposed collections access, though some exceptions may be
allowed. Requested materials should not be so fragile, rare, or valuable that the risks in handling,
shipping or displaying them are unacceptable.
4) If the request involves research using materials collected by a former Bishop Museum staff member
using grant monies, this researcher (if still living) must be contacted and a letter of support for the
analysis must be sent to the Museum prior to the Committee’s review of a collections access request.
Access requests will not be granted without this support letter.
5) Only approved personnel and equipment are allowed in collections areas. All equipment, such as
cameras, must be cleaned after field use before coming into the collections room. Carrying cases and
large bags must be left outside collections areas.
6) Should the request require assistance from the Anthropology Department staff in terms of
removing and replacing material from the collections, researchers will be billed for staff time
required for processing the request after a one hour grace period. Current fees for this assistance are
calculated at $75.00/hour. Please be aware that because of the need to supervise visitors in the
collections areas, time spent in the collections over the one-hour grace period will be billed at this
rate. Use of laboratory space is subject to a bench fee of $200/day, with a minimum cost calculated
to the quarter-hour. Collections access scheduled to take place for longer periods, i.e., more than
one day, may be subject to a reduced daily rate. Exceptions to the fee schedule may be made under
certain circumstances. Please contact the CM for additional details.
7) Two paper copies and one digital copy of each publication or report resulting from the analysis
must be lodged with the CM. One copy will be stored in the Department of Anthropology Archives,
and the other in the Museum’s Library.
Additional Guidelines for Collections Access Including Photography:
8) The collection room has fluorescent lighting. Any additional lighting, if needed, must be indirect,
bounced light with a low UV component. Additional lighting is required to be off unless filming is in
progress. If objects need to be directly lit to focus, etc., a dummy specimen may be used in place of
the actual specimen.
9) If any backdrops, etc., are necessary, arrangements should be made in advance to have them
cleaned, washed, or frozen before they are brought into the collection room.
NOTE: For projects involving artifact photography, acceptable lighting measurements can be provided
by the CM upon request.
Additional information about the Anthropology Department’s policy regarding the use of photographs
in publications can be made available upon request.