MAC Lab Federal Curation

The Federal Curation Program provides the following services:

Acceptance of Collections:  The MAC Lab’s Federal Curation program accepts Federally-owned archaeological collections from Maryland for curation that meet both State and Federal standards. The MAC Lab and Federal owners establish purchase orders or memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to outline obligations and fees.  These partnerships allow for the direct delivery of collections to the MAC Lab. 

NASPAX Educational box of artifacts for display.

Federal Compliance:  Collections are stored in compliance with Federal regulations as outlined in 36 CFR 79: Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered   Archaeological  Collections.  (See for an overview).

Collections Access:  The program works with clients to make Federal archaeological collections available for loans, research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.

Collections Rehabilitation:  The MAC Lab can repackage and organize Federal collections according to professional archival standards as needed.

Other Services:  The program is responsible for facilitating Federal clients’ access to other collections-related services offered at JPPM such as artifact conservation, exhibit planning, and educational outreach.



Federal Curator in Collections Storage at the MAC Lab.


Collection Submission Information:

Federal Fee Policy
Standards & Guidelines for Submitting Collections

Collection Submission Forms:

Collection & Record Transmittal Form
Artifact Collection Box Inventory
Conservation Checklist

Contact Info:

If you wish to receive any of the services listed above please contact Sara Rivers Cofield, Curator of  Federal Collections, at 410-586-8589, 410-586-3643 - fax, or