Check List for Applicants

In support of your application, submit the following to the General Counsel, United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, S.W., Room 700, Washington, D.C. 20547:

1. a list of all the imported items to be covered, including description;

2. a copy of the "agreement entered into between the foreign owner or custodian thereof and the United States or one or more cultural or educational institutions within the United States providing for the temporary exhibition," a copy of the agreements with participating museums or other U.S. cultural or educational institutions, and a copy of the agreements between the foreign owner and the foreign custodian;

3. copies of all related commercial agreements between any or all of the U.S. institutions and the lender or other parties;

4. a list of places and dates of exhibition, and the date the objects are exepcted to arrive in the United States. If the lender requires that immunity determinations be published before it will export the items, provide the date by which the publication needs to be made;

5. a statement whether or not the exhibitions are to be administered, operated or sponsored without profit to the borrowing institutions (even though admission and similar fees which merely cover costs are permissible, a description of all charges or preferences in admission should be provided);

6. a statement concerning the provenance of the works to be borrowed, as follows:

    "The applicant certified that it has undertaken professional inquiry -- including independent, multisource research -- into the provenance of the objects proposed for determinations of cultural significance and national interest. The applicant certifies further that it does not know or have reason to know of any circumstances with respect to any of the objects that would indicate the potential for competing claims of ownership [except as described below. For the objects for which circumstances exist that would indicate the potential for competing claims of ownership, the following is a description of such circumstances and the likelihood any such claim would succeed.]";

7. a scholarly statement establishing the cultural significance of the objects;

8. facts supporting a claim that U.S. participants are cultural or educational institutions, such as a citation to the organization's current IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, if applicable.

Attached for your convenience are a few sample introductory paragraphs you may wish to use in your submission letter to the General Counsel.