COLLECTIONS DONATION FAQ
Learn more in the NHM Collections & Archives Donation Brochure.
What kind of items should I donate?
The Museum is especially interested in collecting artifacts and archives that reflect the Greek American experience throughout the United States. When evaluating potential donations, the NHM looks for items that reflect stories of immigration, Greek American culture and religion, family history and genealogical data, and portrayals of work and home life.
Can I mail or drop off a donation?
The Museum does not accept donations through the mail or in person unless prior arrangements have been made with the appropriate curatorial or Collections staff member.
Where else can I donate?
Once we meet with you, we may recommend that your item be given to other local museums, historical societies, shelters, nursing homes, or veterans organizations.
Will I be able to see my items on display?
The Museum cannot guarantee that any items donated will be exhibited. Artifacts and documents are regularly rotated in and out of exhibitions, so they can be better protected from the elements that may cause damage and/or deterioration. We also rotate artifacts to increase access to the many objects in our collections.
Can you appraise my items?
We cannot provide appraisals of the monetary value of materials proposed for donation or for any other reason because the Internal Revenue Service regards museums and libraries as interested parties.
If I donate items to the Museum, will they be returned to me at my request?
Once the Museum accepts your donation for the collection, you will be asked to sign a Deed of Gift, which legally transfers ownership of the materials to the Museum. We cannot return these accessioned collection materials to donors. However, if at any time you would like to see your items, we are more than happy to accommodate you in any way we can.
Want to learn more?
The NHM Collection is currently accessible to researchers and scholars by appointment only.
For more information about using the Collections for research or to learn about the donation process, please contact:
Margaret Fraser, Collections Manager