As an institution of higher learning and research, the University of Wisconsin-Madison strongly supports new and innovative research projects.
Active research projects vary: from undergraduate student semester projects, to graduate student thesis and dissertations, to faculty and staff research interests. Any professional with an interest in analyzing the UWAC holdings are encouraged to visit the collection and further our knowledge of these unique collections.
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Request a Loan
In-person research is strongly encouraged in lieu of loans when possible for researchers accessing the UWAC collections. Collections are provided on loan only after a detailed review process and loans are only provided to persons with an institutional affiliation (loans to private citizens are not allowed, per our collections policy).
Destructive Sampling/Intrusive Analysis
Destructive sampling results in the permanent loss of collection objects, and intrusive sampling usually results in permanent modification of collection objects. Therefore, such requests are seriously reviewed by the Collections Committee before granting permission.
If you are interested in using any of the UWAC collections in a destructive sampling project, please contact the Curator.
Request an Image for Publication
All images in the UWAC hold a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC4.0) license. Images may be used for non-commercial purposes, as long as appropriate credit is provided (“University of Wisconsin-Madison Anthropology Collection”).
If you would like to use an image for commercial purposes, or would like access to a specific image for CC BY-NC4.0 use, please contact the Curator for approval and applicable pricing.
The UWAC recognizes the need for long-term repositories for archaeological material that is recovered as a result of federal and/or state law (Cultural Resource Management, or CRM, projects). We provide this service for a set fee of $1,000/cubic foot (standard banker box size), minimum 1 box per deposit. Curation Agreements/Deposits are accepted on a case-by case basis, after a rigorous assessment/review process.
If you are preparing collections for deposit, please refer to the Policies and Guidelines page for our current curation standards.