Collections and Research

The Sam Noble Museum is a research division of the University of Oklahoma. Housing more than 10 million objects and specimens in 12 collections, curators conduct fieldwork and independent research at sites across the United States as well as around the world. Curators have a professorial position in a corresponding OU academic department and teach university classes in addition to their research and curatorial duties. Graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Oklahoma also participate in research activities in laboratory and field studies associated with museum collections and research programs.

The museum registrar is responsible for the documentation, safety and security of objects within the museum’s care. Registration services support accountability and legal control of collections in the museum’s custody by managing programs for acquisition and loans, collecting activities, providing object shipping and receiving services, advising on legal and ethical issues related to the collections, as well as assisting with museum exhibitions. For more information or general registration-related inquiries, please contact Elsbeth Dowd (405-325-1035) or go to Registrar's Office FAQs.

The collections technician oversees the Integrated Pest Management program (IPM) and the dermestid facility. IPM is a museum-wide approach to avoid pest problems through pro-active measures posing the least hazard to people and the collections. The dermestid facility is the museum’s osteological processing center that utilizes natural methods to skeletonize specimens. For more information, please contact Emily York (405-316-0501).