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Access to the Musical Instruments

The National Music Museum allows access to its collections, staff expertise, and resources by visiting scholars, qualified students, performers, instrument builders, and other interested individuals.   This includes access to objects in exhibits and in the study-storage areas.   In order to allow the most efficient use of the NMM's collections for research purposes, the following guidelines have been established:

  1. Individuals who want to visit the permanent exhibits are invited to do so, whenever the NMM is open.   The NMM is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

  2. Individuals who need to study specific instruments or consult archival resources (including instrument files) may do so on weekdays, but must make an appointment in advance.   Please submit a completed "Request for Permission to Conduct Research at the NMM," on which you will state your credentials and purpose in writing, and await confirmation, before coming to the NMM.   Appointments must be made at least two weeks before the visit.   This allows time for staff scheduling and instruments to be moved, if necessary.

  3. Instruments on exhibit may not be moved, nor cases opened, during regular hours.   Individuals needing to examine such instruments must make an advance appointment so that the instruments can be removed from the exhibit and be made available for study.   Instruments on exhibit will be removed only for compelling reasons.

  4. Only a small number of people can be accommodated at one time in the study-storage areas.   Please do not bring unexpected guests.   Children are not allowed in the study-storage areas or conservation laboratory.

  5. A member of the staff must be present at all times, when visitors are in the study-storage areas. Instruments may not be handled, except under the supervision of the Director or a member of the staff. Researchers should provide their own measuring instruments (non-metal). Instruments for which measurements are already available in the files will not be measured again, unless there are compelling reasons to do so. No instrument may be played or disassembled except with permission of the Director, Curator, or Conservator. Because of climatic and security reasons, instruments may not be removed from designated areas. Due to staff limitations, the time a visitor may spend in the storage areas may be limited.

  6. Graduate students who need to utilize the NMM's resources for substantial research must register for an appropriate number of hours (a minimum of two semester hours) or for MUS 795, Project Seminar (independent studies), during the semester (or summer session) in which the student will be at the NMM, even though the student may be on campus for only a portion of that semester.

  7. Scholars who need to utilize the NMM's resources for substantial research projects funded by grant funds, whether those funds are provided by their own institution, a private foundation, or a governmental unit such as the National Endowment for the Arts, or whatever, must make provision in their grant proposal for reimbursing the NMM for its contribution of staff time, use of equipment, and so on.

  8. Anyone utilizing the NMM's collections for the accumulation of research information will be asked to sign an agreement specifying and delineating the purposes for which said information may be used.   Utilization of the NMM's resources for commercial purposes and/or for personal gain, without specific written permission from the Director of the NMM, is forbidden.

  9. Copies of all research information, data, and measurements accumulated during a research visit must be left with the NMM at the conclusion of the visit.

  10. Researchers should acquaint themselves with the following document prior to their visit:  Guidelines for Patrons Using the Library and/or the Sally Fantle Archival Research Center at the NMM.

Within limits imposed by safety and security regulations, staff size and availability, the NMM will accommodate as many requests as possible.   Infractions of regulations will result in the revocation of research privileges.   The regulations are subject to change only at the discretion of the Director.

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The University of South Dakota
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Vermillion, SD   57069


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