Accessing Museum Collections & Historic Documents
Complete the Preliminary Application for Museum Collections and Historic Document Form (pdf) document for access to museum collections and historic documents. Once the document has been filled out, please either send it via e-mail or fax (links below).
If you intend on using the facilities at the monument, please review the following guidelines as they are standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center laboratory and general behavior. The monument's SOP’s also have guidelines for the photography of collections and duplication of historic documents.
Guidelines for Handling Museum Collections (pdf)
Guidelines for Photography of Collections and Duplication of Historic Documents (pdf)
Visiting researchers wishing to conduct a study that involves fieldwork, specimen collection and/or has the potential to disturb resources or visitors within park boundaries must also apply through the National Park Service’s Research Permit and Reporting System, https://irma.nps.gov/rprs/Home. This includes paleontology, geology, history/culture, modern plants, animals, air, water, soundscapes, etc.
Create an account once you visit the page, and you will be guided through several pages as to the intent of your research, the institution you represent, etc.
Contact Paleontology Staff
E-mail the Research Coordinator
Fax: (541) 987-2336
Please mark the document sent with which division you are reaching: "Attention: Paleontology Staff."
Learn more about the park's paleontology staff.
There is no researcher housing available within the John Day Fossil Beds, but there are offsite opportunities that can be utilized. The closest town to Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is Dayville, Oregon (nine miles). Please visit the Lodging and Camping pages to learn more about offsite housing.