This report details the policies and procedures implemented for the USGS Woods Hole Science Center's (WHSC) sediment sample archive over the past four years. It was created in an effort to define the methods of curation whereby staff, scientists and administrators are guided. This handbook establishes accountability for the samples in the WHSC's care (Neal and others, 1994).
Development of collections management policies and the maintenance of this document are the responsibility of the curator, with significant assistance from members of the WHSC. The Team Chief Scientist must approve all collections management policies. These policies are subject to comprehensive official reviews to remain compliant with federally recommended practices.
However, recommendations for changes or additions may be submitted at any time to the curator and, upon approval by the Team Chief Scientist, the policies will be revised and updated.
This guide defines the steps necessary to construct and maintain an organized sample archive. It attempts to answer frequent questions regarding archival policy and methodology used in the USGS WHSC. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome, and contact information is provided for the authors.