Collections

Stewardship of ISAS collections continues to be the primary mission of ISAS Curation staff. Currently, ISAS houses about 22,000 curation-sized boxes/cubic feet of artifacts from about 7,000 sites—90 percent from IDOT projects—and 2,200 linear feet of documents. Curation staff manage more than 13,000 square feet of long-term storage space in Champaign County: (1) on the UIUC Campus at the Nuclear Physics Lab, (2) in the Rantoul warehouses, and, (3) at the Killarney Research Annex. Field station storage amounts to about 6,000 cubic feet.

Curation staff handle all aspects of ISAS collections management for materials from approximately 5,000 archaeological sites—transfers, proper storage practices, and security. IDOT projects generate 90% of the artifacts. ISAS curation practices conform to the standards set forth in “Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Collections” (36 CFR Part 79). The text of this seminal legislation is available here: http://www.nps.gov/archeology/tools/laws/36CFR79.htm

As part of our commitment to scientific investigation and education, collections stewarded by ISAS, most IDOT project-generated, are made available to institutions and researchers. Graduate students and professional archaeologists alike have benefitted from access to artifacts and documents held in Curation.

ISAS partners with several institutions to create exhibits that highlight IDOT work throughout Illinois. Curation procures and tracks display materials from ISAS collections ranging from artifact replicas to prehistoric and historic implements. Exhibit items are currently on view at the Cahokia Mounds Museum, the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Monroe, Missouri.


The following ISAS policies are available upon request. Please contact Dr. Laura Kozuch, curator (217) 333-0263:

  • Copyright use and permission
  • Donation Policy
  • Deaccession
  • Destructive analysis
  • Library use 

For more information on archaeological curation: