The site inventories and/or the underlying records and/or information maintained by in the Archaeological Survey Records Collection are exempt from disclosure to the general public under the Kentucky Open Records Act pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and related regulations, specifically, 16 USC 470w-3 and 36 CFR 800.11(c), the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and related regulations, specifically, 16 USC 470aa-mm and 43 CFR 7.1 8, and KRS 61.871(1)(a)-(c) and (i)-(l). Murray State University Libraries are under no obligation to provide information unless we understand how it is to be used.
Accessing Collection Policy
The applicant must be working on behalf of a Principle Investigator who is registered and qualified under the United States Secretary of the Interior’s standards for archeological work and approved by the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office to work in the State of Kentucky. The applicant must complete and sign a confidentiality agreement prior to viewing the survey report(s).
Students working on a thesis or dissertation project, along with researchers with a specific research topic, may request access to the collection. The student, or researcher, must include with their confidentiality agreement a brief abstract describing the project’s objectives. A more descriptive proposal must be provided if the request is part of a class project conducted by university professor. The professor instructing the class must include with the confidentiality agreement the class goals, objectives, a list of names of students using the collection and the length of time the collection will be accessed by students.
Access to reports will not be granted to engineering consultants, developers, or others who do not have a full time archaeologist on staff. In cases where a trained archaeologist is on staff, the applicant must complete a confidentiality agreement, provide a detailed proposal on the project area in question and define why access to the survey report is essential to the project.
Land owners where surveyed archaeological sites exist may request reports on their property, however information on sites outside of the land owner’s property will not be disclosed. The land owner must complete and sign a confidentiality agreement prior to viewing the survey report(s).
The applicant must complete a confidentiality agreement for each survey report requested. Requests for multiple reports will be accepted but the Director of the Murray State University Archaeological Laboratory reserves the right to approve or reject such requests in part or whole.
Requests for access may take up to 48 hours to be approved. Requests for multiple reports may take longer.
Procedures for Approving Access to Collection