National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program

USGS Sample and Collection Repositories 

During development of the Geologic Collections Management System (released in 2015), the Geologic Materials Repository Working Group identified and worked with several repositories throughout the USGS that preserve and manage geological sample collections. These repositories provided insight into how facilities manage and care for sample collections, and aided in the development of some of the procedures and principles recommended by the GCMS.

The following repositories are designated facilities maintained by the USGS that store USGS scientific collections. This is not a complete listing of all the repositories caring for USGS scientific collections, and as repositories incorporate the principles and guidance found within the GCMS, this list will grow. 

Core Research Center, Denver, Colorado

Collections: Cores, cuttings, thin sections, geochemistry collections, field samples, paleontology specimens

Geologic Materials Center (co-op storage facility), Anchorage, Alaska

Collections: USGS field samples, Alaska Volcano Observatory tephra 

Astrogeology Center, Flagstaff, Arizona

Collections: Meteor Crater, Flynn Creek Crater, Shoemaker samples

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Samples Repository, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Collections: Marine core and sediments

Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Samples Repository, Santa Cruz, California

Collections: Marine core and sediments