Museums hold primary evidence for establishing and furthering knowledge
Principle: Museums have particular responsibilities to all for the care, accessibility and interpretation of primary evidence collected and held in their collections.
Research by museum personnel should relate to the museum’s mission and objectives and conform to established legal, ethical and academic practices.
Members of the museum profession should promote the investigation, preservation, and use of information inherent in the collections. They should, therefore, refrain from any activity or circumstance that might result in the loss of such academic and scientific data.