Policies and Forms

Collection Management Policy

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology's Collections Policy establishes policies for acquisitions, loans, deaccessions, and other collection management issues. It affirms that HMA shall be in full compliance with laws and regulations, both domestic and international, governing the transfer of ownership of objects and their movement across political boundaries; and that it shall continue to meet the highest ethical standards in all of its activities. As such, it is a living and changing document that responds, over time, to changes in the ways that museums interact with the communities they represent and in which they are situated, as well as to changes in the legal, ethical, and professional standards that govern museums, our fields, and the collections that we curate.


Access to the Collection or Archive

All responsible researchers shall have access to the collection for legitimate research and study, subject to guidelines described in the Research Access Request/Collection Access Form and by limitations of normal operating hours, exhibition requirements, available study space, and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology’s staff availability.

To request access, please download, complete, and email the Research Request/Collection Access Form to [email protected]


Image Use Permission 

To request image permission, please download, complete, and email the Agreement for Image Use Permission form to [email protected].

Reproduction fees may be charged to researchers. No distinctions in such charges shall be made on the basis of the value or rarity of the original materials. Methods of reproduction may be limited if necessary to preserve the originals.


Terms of Use

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University (the “HMA”) operates this website (the “Site”) in support of its mission to inspire creative and critical thinking about global cultures, past and present, through interdisciplinary understandings of the material world.  The Museum sponsors original research, innovative teaching, and public education while stewarding a collection of over one million archaeological and ethnographic objects.  The HMA encourages awareness and broad access to collections of historical, cultural, and artistic significance. By using this Site, you accept and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from use of this Site.

  1. Copyright and Other Protection - Researchers should note that compliance with Copyright law is the responsibility of the researcher. 
  2. Fair Use Permitted - Brown University expects that all members of the University community respect the rights of ownership of intellectual property by adhering to United States copyright law. The principle of fair use as set forth in the copyright act provides essential limitations to the exclusive rights of copyright owners that support the University's mission of teaching, scholarship, research, and free inquiry. In an effort to balance copyright law with fair use principles, Brown University is committed to providing tools and resources to the University community to assist decision-making in this complex environment.
  3. Third Party Rights - DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT. The Haffenreffer Museum complies with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §512). If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement on the Site, please contact [email protected]