B-7 Know restrictions associated with objects in your Federal museum collections


Stewardship of Federal museum collections requires that we manage these resources in compliance with applicable laws and ethical standards. This means providing public access to the extent possible within the constraints of applicable restrictions.

Restrictions may originate in law, professional ethics, or agency policy. Restrictions may be in place to protect the collections and associated resources (e.g., archeological sites or cave locations), to protect the privacy of donors, or to protect intellectual property rights associated with specific items in the collections.

Laws

Copyright Law
http://www.copyright.gov/
http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html

Federal Cave Protection Act (Section 5)
http://www.karst.org/fedlaw.htm#5

Native American Graves Protections and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/FHPL_NAGPRA.pdf

Freedom of Information Act
http://www.nps.gov/refdesk/npsfoia.html

36 CFR 79
http://www.cr.nps.gov/aad/tools/36cfr79.htm

Federal examples

National Park Service (NPS)

Museum Handbook, Part III - Museum Collections Use

Evaluating and Documenting Museum Collections Use
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/MHIII/mh3ch1.pdf

Legal Issues
http://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/publications/MHIII/mh3ch2.pdf

National Museum of Natural History

Collections-based Information and Databases Policy
http://www.mnh.si.edu/rc/db/collection_db_policy1.html

Non-federal examples

Ethics of the American Association for State and Local History
http://www.aaslh.org/ethics.htm

National Railroad Museum

Donation Policy
http://www.nationalrrmuseum.org/collections-exhibits/policies/donation-policy.php