Acquisitions and collections of cultural items

Laws, treaties, conventions and policies govern the acquisition, transport, and use of cultural items, including works of art, artifacts, antiquities, manuscripts, and publications.  The main international treaties are listed in the overview section below.  For guidance on specific matters, use the Contact Us link on the right.


Faculty and staff should be aware of the ethical and legal issues related to the acquisition of significant works of art, artifacts and antiquities from countries outside the U.S.  Several international treaties address these issues including:

Specific host-country laws may also regulate or restrict the movement of art, artifacts or antiquities internally or across borders.  To request assistance in identifying regulations that may apply to your activities, use the Contact Us link on the right.

Acquisitions & Collections Resources

Office of the General Counsel

International Agreement Request Form

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