The Washington State
Curation Summit

The Washington State Curation Summit addresses curation of historic and precontact archaeological collections. In September 2003, a group of interested individuals, representing tribal, federal, state, and city governmental agencies, museums, and cultural resource contract firms met to discuss the issue. The group identified 3 primary areas of concern: lack of curation guidelines, cost, and lack of location information for collections from systematic surveys and excavations.

The January 12, 2004, meeting resulted in two work groups to address two of the three concerns: creating voluntary curation guidelines and obtaining funding to secure a full-time position at the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to research and locate all collections from past investigations. Cost of caring for collections in perpetuity will be addressed at later meetings.

This website provides information on group activities and provides intersted parties a means to comment on the process. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the group. For additional information on the group or to ask questions pertaining to information presented on this site, please contact Gretchen Kaehler.


Next Meeting:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
10 am - 3 pm
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Cayuse/Umatilla Conference Room
Cultural Resources Protection Program
46411 Timelíne Way
Pendleton, Oregon
Refer to the NWAC Facebook page for directions.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

  • September 29, 2003 - Central Washington University, Ellensburg
  • January 12, 2004 - Muckleshoot Tribe Administrative Complex, Auburn
  • May 10, 2004 - Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Toppenish
  • January 25, 2005 - Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle
  • May 3, 2007 - Wanapum Village, Beverly
  • October 29, 2007 - Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, GA Building, Olympia
  • May 12, 2008 - Central Washington University, Ellensburg
  • October 14, 2008 - Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia
  • May 11, 2009 - Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

  • October 17, 2011 - Clark County Historical Society, Vancouver

  • Work Groups

  • Curation Guidelines
  • Collections Database
  • Links

  • Text of 36 CFR Part 79 - Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections
  • Federal Laws, Regulations, and Standards Related to Cultural Resources
  • National Park Service: Museum Handbook
  • National Park Service: Managing Archaeological Collections
  • UPDATED - National Park Service: Repository Fees Study 2007/2008
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation