The members of the SHA Collections and Curation Committee are working to develop resources for anyone generating, curating, or researching archaeological collections. To read about our activities, check out the minutes of recent Committee meetings here. To join the committee, follow our activities, or ask a question, contact Sara Rivers Cofield (

Statement of Aims

The Committee seeks to promote informed practice across the professional community by developing guidelines and sponsoring applied tools and methods for collections management. Its guiding principle is that of accessibility of archaeological information, which informs and shapes its outreach on collections and relationships with practitioners.

Collections Repository Survey

The Collections Repository Survey sub-committee has been busy contacting archaeological collections repositories around the U.S. to ask about curation fees, whether new collections are accepted, and other things potential depositors need to know. If you represent a repository for archaeological collections and would like to participate please contact Kerry Gonzalez (

Archaeological Collections Consortium (ACC)

The Archaeological Collections Consortium (ACC) is an organization comprised of members representing three of the leading professional organizations of archaeologists practicing within the United States: the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), and the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA). The mission of the ACC is to work together to address the discipline-wide challenges that impact archaeological collections. The 2018 SHA representatives on the ACC are Sara Rivers Cofield, Mark Warner, and Julia King.

Conservation FAQ

Conservation FAQs and Facts is a resource developed in 2006 by a group of conservators, some of whom were members of the SHA Collections and Curation Committee. One of the authors, Emily Williams, is still a member of the Committee, and is seeking new questions to add to this resource. If you have a conservation question and cannot find the answer in the FAQs, contact Emily Williams directly (