The Spencer R. Atkinson Library of Applied Anatomy and P&S Comparative Anatomy collections are open to research by all qualified personnel. Access to the collections is by appointment only. Appointments are scheduled by the Curator upon receipt of a written statement of research objectives and data collection methods. (You may download research request form links at the bottom of this page.) All research requests must be submitted in writing on institutional letterhead and addressed to
Curator, Ward Museum, IDHCS
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
A report of research findings must be provided to the Curator at the conclusion of a research study regardless of whether or not a formal publication results.
Research request forms are available online or upon request from the IDHCS curator. The following information must be provided in the research request submitted by faculty or visiting scholars:
Research request forms are available online or upon request from the IDHCS. Faculty sponsorship is required for submission of a student research request. In addition to those eleven items listed above, dental school students must provide the following:
For adequate review and scheduling, research requests must be submitted at least three months in advance by visiting scholars and one month in advance by dental school faculty and students. Proposed visit date(s) and study duration will be discussed at the time of research request submission to determine the feasibility of dates and times. Following consideration and approval of the research request by the IDHCS Curator, the researcher will be notified of the approval in writing.
Research permission is granted only to faculty and students of the University of the Pacific, to visiting scholars affiliated with academic institutions and to medical and dental professionals.
On the day of the visit, the researcher will sign a Research Use Form that contains the following information: Researcher's name, phone number, affiliation or professional address, email address, a brief description of conditions governing research use, and a list of specimens examined. The Research Use Form serves as a means of efficient recordkeeping for the IDHCS.
Research study of the SRA and CA collections by dental school faculty, students and visiting scholars must take place at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in the IDHCS's designated research area. Special permission must be obtained to transport specimens to nearby facilities for photographing, X-raying or CT scanning.
Based on the objectives of the study and in consultation with the researcher, the IDHCS Curator will set aside a specific or random sample of specimens from the SRA and CA collections. A Web-searchable database is being developed for the SRA collection. As soon as it is available on line, researchers will be encouraged to access specimen information via the database to facilitate the selection process. Pre-selection of skulls using the database will minimize the visitor's need to survey the collection itself, an activity the IDHCS discourages due to collection preservation concerns.
The curator will do most of the handling of the specimens, retrieving them from the storage cabinets for study and returning them after examination is completed. In this manner the potential for damage to the specimens is minimized. On the first day of the study, the researcher will be asked to read the Institute's Procedural Advice for Handling Skulls guidelines and to sign a research form. There are no restrictions on the number of specimens available for study.
Currently there are no research fees charged to students and faculty, or to visiting scholars.