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For External Researchers

SUAC's museum-quality archaeological and anthropological collections are available to external researchers on a limited basis.

The collection of over 100,000 items includes important accessions in the archaeology and anthropology of the American West including the Bay Area and northern California, British Columbia, Alaska, the Southwest, and West Mexico. We have important collections from the ancient Andes and modern Peru. SUAC holds additional materials from the Plateau, Plains, eastern North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as the modern Pacific.

SUAC collections are always being added to our Collections Online database, but we have many more holdings than are published online. For more information about current holdings of archaeological, anthropological, and archival collections, please contact us.

Outgoing loans for research or exhibition are considered on a case-by-case basis. We regret that limited staff and resources and priority projects such as exhibitions and repatriation may substantially delay response time for research requests.

Please note that tribal and descendant community inquiries regarding repatriation or other collection issues are always welcome.