University of Alaska Museum Bird Collection
Traditional specimens (skins and skeletons) are regularly loaned
to qualified researchers at other institutions. Preliminary inquiries
should be made by mail or email to ascertain whether the collection
has useful material. Requests to borrow material should summarize
the purpose of the study and be sent on institutional letterhead or by formal email.
Requests from student researchers should be cosigned by their
advisor or the curator responsible for overseeing the use and
temporary housing of the specimens while on loan.
Use of specimens involving sample destruction, whether of tissue
samples or of traditional specimens, should consult our Destructive
Sampling Policies. Requests for data should follow guidelines
given in our Information Loan Policy. All of these policies relate
to noncommercial research uses of specimens. Those desiring to
use specimens for commercial purposes should contact the curator.
Loan Conditions for Traditional Specimens
The length of each loan is normally six months, although longer
periods and loan extensions may be requested in writing. Loaned
specimens cannot be forwarded or transferred to other institutions
or individuals without the written permission of the University
of Alaska Museum curator.
Specimens on loan must be housed under appropriate professional,
museum-quality conditions and security. Specimens must be handled
using professional standards that prevent damage and/or exposure
to insects, dirt, sunlight, extremes of temperature and humidity,
etc. Specimens may not be relaxed, repaired, dissected, or altered
in any way. Pieces may not be removed for analyses. Destructive
sampling requests must be made separately if pieces of traditional
specimens are desired for analysis. Specimens are the responsibility
of the borrower until returned to and received by the University
of Alaska Museum. Suggested taxonomic changes should be communicated
to the curator in writing.
Specimens must be returned as originally sent: packed properly,
with an inventory enclosed, and insured for the amount at which
they were sent. The same or equivalent shipping method must be
employed. The costs of return shipping and insurance are the responsibility
of the borrower.
The University of Alaska Museum must receive acknowledgment
in any publications or reports that include results obtained from
use of UAM specimens. Authors should also send a copy of any
publications to the curator.
The Bird Collection
at the University of Alaska Museum
Last modified 21 July 2010 by Kevin Winker