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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Museum Property vs. Display Property? The Museum
Property collection consists of a variety of natural history specimens,
documents, artwork and artifacts that represent the history of
the USGS. Display property, on the other hand, is comprised of
objects which are often assembled for public outreach efforts because
they are representative of the various kinds of equipment that
have been utilized to carry out USGS program missions.
Who records and tracks Museum Property? Accessioning, cataloging,
tracking, and database maintenance are carried out by the USGS
headquarters Property Management Branch which has responsibility
for the planning, direction, and administration of the Museum Property
Who repairs and conserves USGS artwork and
conservation work is done by outside contractors, with the technical
and administrative activities carried out by the USGS headquarters
Property Management Branch.
Loan of Artwork? Anyone displaying identified bureau "museum property" as office art is required to complete a Museum Property Loan Agreement and assumes custodial responsibility for the item(s) on display.