Curation Policies

October 2020


The San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society Research and Collections Facility (the Facility) functions to house and preserve historic-period and prehistoric archaeological materials primarily from the local San Luis Obispo County-Central Coast region. The Facility requires that all collections meet the guidelines prior to acceptance for curation.

The San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society (SLOCAS) operates the Facility. SLOCAS, founded in
1971, is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization staffed exclusively by volunteer professionals and open by
appointment only. In addition to operating the only collections facility in the county, SLOCAS has a long history
of public service in the area, such as: educational programs, museum displays, adobe restoration, and periodic
publication of a high-quality series of reports and papers.

The Policies and Guidelines for the Curation of Archaeological Collections provide guidance for:

  • obtaining a collection agreement and accession number from the Facility
  • preparing collections for submittal to the Facility
  • submitting collections to the Facility
  • calculating fees for curation and research at the Facility

Collections standards were designed for the permanent curation of materials and documents and to accommodate future use of the collections by researchers. SLOCAS’ Discard Policy is attached (see Attachment 1).

Materials that require a controlled environment

SLOCAS will not accept any materials that require a controlled environment; special care or equipment; or conservation treatments, such as climate or humidity controls, insect-proof storage, or any chemical applications. SLOCAS will not accept any collection that has been treated with pesticides or other potentially dangerous chemicals.

Human remains and sacred materials

The Facility will not accept collections that contain human remains, funerary objects, items that are known or believed to be sacred, or materials that may be defined as items of cultural patrimony pursuant to Public Law 101-601 and 43 CFR Part 10, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) (25 U.S.C. Sec.3001 et seq.). Some examples of artifact types that are eligible for repatriation under NAGPRA, in addition to any human remains, are: crystals, pipes and pipe fragments, certain beads, whistles, etc.


Fees are based on a rate of $1,000.00 per cubic foot (= archive box) and include storage of paperwork and oversized objects. Fees for oversized items are determined on a case by case basis. Deed of Gift required.


The SLOCAS Research and Collections Facility is open to SLOCAS Registered Researchers by appointment only. Find out how to become a SLOCAS Registered Researcher here.


Collections must be hand-delivered to the Facility. The submitter must contact SLOCAS at least two weeks prior to the submittal date to make an appointment.

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