It is the policy of the Minnesota Historical Society to make the collections confided to its care accessible, conduct and encourage scholarly research, and, through these efforts, continue to illuminate the Minnesota story for the cultural enrichment of people everywhere. The wealth of these collections are accessible physically at the History Center museum/historic sites and intellectually through the documentation. Public admittance to collections that are not in public viewing areas is provided by appointment and is generally restricted to guided tours and to patrons for the purpose of research or examination.
All requests for access to museum collections are reviewed and administered by the Museum Collections Department and/or Historic Sites (for those collections at an historic site). Additional information about the collections and access is available at the Society's web site. Access for research or examination may be limited by policy, space and staff availability, or care and security of the collections. The Minnesota Historical Society may charge a user fee if it is determined that the time and/or materials required of the department exceeds the average limits of staff time (see conditions below). The Museum Collections Department also provides a listing of private consultants available to conduct collections research. This listing is for public information only and in no manner endorses these private individuals or firms. Collections information or images are furnished to users without representation or warranty on the part of the Minnesota Historical Society as to any rights and the use thereof shall be entirely at the user's risk. Commercial use requires prior negotiation with the Museum Collections Department.
All applicants requesting access to museum collections are asked to read the following before submitting their request.
I have read the above and I understand and agree to abide by these regulations of the Minnesota Historical Society's Museum Collections Department. Further, I assume full responsibility for any damage, accidental or otherwise, that I may cause to any material held by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Questions may be directed to the Museum Collections Department at 651/296-8071 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please complete all parts of the following form before submitting. After submitting form, if you do not receive acknowledgment of receipt please call Museum Collections.
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