The loan policy is liberal. It is our policy to respond quickly to requests. Material for thesis research by graduate students is usually sent in care of the candidate’s major advisor. The usual length of the loan is 24 months. All loans may be renewed when justified and requested in writing. Exchange of duplicates is encouraged. If new species are described from our material, paratypes are to be returned and the holotype is deposited in the United States National Museum.
Utilization on an Annual Basis for the Past Five Years
The C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity is highly utilized by researchers throughout the United States. Over 100 requests for museum specimens (>5,000 specimens) are filled yearly and material has been used in over 75 taxonomic revisions in the past 2 years. Approximately 100 researchers visit the Collection annually.
Relationship to Other Similar Collections
Our relationship with other such collections is as follows:
- Our response time to loan requests is usually within two weeks of the initial request.
- Our Collection is available for in-house study without restrictions to visiting workers.
- We have a present, exchange and loan arrangement with all major collections.
The Department and personnel have not charged for identification or lending service in the past and have no such plans in the future.
Assurance of Compliance with Legislation for Protection of Endangered Species
The administration and curator of this institution are providing here assurance that preserved materials of endangered species will be handled in Compliance wit the Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act and the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Dr. Paul A. Opler, National Biological Survey is very familiar with these acts and will provide advice.