Public repositories not only cover open collections held by Government jurisdictions, either Federal, State or Local, but also include information held by these jurisdictions which is not readily available to the public. These repositories include State & Local Government Cemeteries, State Hospitals, State Libraries, Local Libraries, State and Local Government Museums, State Schools, Universities and Colleges, and other government or semi-government institutions such as Public utilities.
Private repositories or collections, include those held by institutions and other organisations such as: Religious organisations; Church Cemeteries; Public Corporations and Private Corporations; Funeral directors; Private Hospitals; Private Museums; Private Schools, Private Colleges and Private Universities; and private collections; all of whom may provide access to their records or collections to members of the public or to specialist researchers, on request.
Other research and education organisations may also house public collections, including those run by non-government and not for profit organisations such as Genealogical and Family History Societies; Local History Societies or Groups; public research facilities and repositories including Local Studies Centers, usually associated with local libraries; volunteer organisations operating a publicly available facility or service; and purely online research facilities; among others.
Metropolitan Repositories and Country Repositories, may be public or private, and may also provide education about, and house significant collections of information and data of interest to family historians.
--WAGS Webmaster 18:51, 3 May 2013 (EST)