San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature ConnectionSDNHM Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias

Symposia and Workshops

Second Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally-Associated Collections

Sponsored by The U. S. Department of the Interior,
San Diego Natural History Museum and the
San Diego Archaeological Center

November 18-20, 1998 San Diego, California
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Preliminary Program | Pre-conference Workshops (November 14 -17)

Millions of objects, specimens, documents and other records are managed in the public trust of the United States. Generated from Federal lands, sites, agencies and programs, Federal and non-Federal institutions often share responsibility for the care of and access to these collections. In 1996, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology (University of California, Berkeley) co-sponsored the first conference on partnership opportunities for managing Federally-associated collections. Building on that success, this 1998 conference will focus on strategic planning to initiate a continuing series of actions to increase understanding and support of our federally-associated collections.


Our goal is to develop, share and prioritize strategies for fostering practical and useful partnerships among Federal, tribal, institutional, and other stakeholders to improve access to and care of Federally-associated collections.

Why Should You Attend?

  • These collections are your national treasures. They need your help to ensure their long-term availability for access and use by you - researchers, teachers, learners, resource managers and other public stakeholders.
  • Share and learn strategies for increasing access to and understanding of our national treasures.
  • Hear and discuss current status reports on how Federal agencies and non-Federal partners are managing Federally-associated collections.
  • Share your needs, concerns and opportunities with colleagues, and learn from the leaders of other stakeholder groups.
  • Contribute to national-level strategic planning and decision-making aimed at improving funding, access, care, funding, and use of Federally-associated collections.

Who Will Be Attending This Conference?

  • Representatives of state and private institutions that hold Federally-associated collections
  • Federal curators and other professionals concerned with collections
  • Managers of Federal agencies
  • Tribal representatives
  • University collections managers and curators
  • Collections users (researchers, teachers, learners)
  • Managers of repositories for Federally-associated collections
  • Staff of private consulting firms and contractors
  • Representatives of professional societies
  • Responsible amateur collectors and organizations

Registration Information

Registration fee includes participation at all sessions, morning and afternoon refreshments during breaks, November 18 through 20, and a lunch and evening reception on Wednesday, November 18. Pre-conference workshops require additional registration and fees. There is no student discount available for the workshops. See registration form for details.

Hotel Information

A block of guest rooms has been set aside at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Please make your reservations prior to October 16, 1998. The nightly rate is $93.00 for a Single or Double, plus 10.5% City Occupancy Tax. The Marriott has full restaurant service, including a breakfast buffet. Transportation to the evening reception and the Friday session from the Marriott will be provided.

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone (619) 692-3800, x 6612 or 1-800-842-5329, FAX (619) 297-3960

Airport Information

Listed below are three 3 commercial shuttle/taxi services that offer transportation to and from San Diego Airport. Arrangements must be made prior to arrival and/or departure.

Cloud Nine Shuttle (619) 278-8877
Global Limousine (619) 551-5115
Orange Cab (619) 291-3333

Directions to hotel from San Diego Airport: Take North Harbor Drive East. Left on to Laurel Street. I-5 North to I-8 East Stadium/Qualcomm Way exit. Right on Rio San Diego Drive. Enter from Rio San Diego Drive.

Contact for More Information

Paisley Cato, San Diego Natural History Museum
P. O. Box 1390, San Diego, CA 92112
(619) 232-3821, x 226 or