General registration-related inquiries can be directed to: (213) 763-3406
Fax: (213) 746-3628
Katie Kramer, Assistant Registrar
Accessions and Outgoing Loans
The Registrar's Office is the repository for all of the original accession and loan records that date back to the opening of the Museum in 1913. Collections staff and researchers regularly consult our accession files to find background information on objects and specimens in the collections, verify accession numbers, or confirm connections between objects and specimens and the corresponding donors.
Prospective donors should contact the collection staff of the appropriate Museum department directly. If you don't know which department to contact, the Assistant Registrar can put you in touch with the appropriate collection staff member.
The Museum is a nonprofit foundation and Museum employees are prohibited from authenticating and/or appraising the value of artifacts and specimens. Appraisals can be obtained from private dealers and auction houses. You can also try to find an appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers at www.appraisers.org.
If you know which Museum department the material was borrowed from, it is best to contact the collection staff of the appropriate Museum department directly. If you don't know the department, the Assistant Registrar can put you in touch with the appropriate collection staff member. The material should be shipped back to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County using the same method that it was originally shipped to you.
To request an extension of the loan, contact either the Museum department that the material belongs to directly or the Assistant Registrar. We will work together to issue the extension.