General registration-related inquiries
can be directed to:
Tel: (213) 763-3403
Jessica Lui, Assistant Registrar
Director of Collections & Research Resources Chief Registrar
Molly Sjöberg, Associate Registrar
Cassandra Vadas, Assistant Registrar
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 appropriate collections department Curator directly. If you don't know which department to contact, the Assistant Registrar can assist you.
The Museum is a nonprofit foundation and its employees are prohibited from authenticating and/or appraising the value of artifacts and specimens. Appraisals may be obtained from private dealers and auction houses. You may also find an appraiser through the American Society of Appraisers at www.appraisers.org.
It is best to contact the appropriate collections department staff directly. If you do not have the department's contact information, the Assistant Registrar can assist you. The collections staff can advise you of the preferred packing and shipping method for return of the loan material.
Please contact the lending collections department staff directly for consideration of a loan extension.