Donate to Collections

Making a Donation

Thanks to the generosity of people such as you, the Oregon Historical Society has built a world class collection of museum and library materials. We must be thoughtful and careful in accepting donations to adhere to our mission, avoid duplication, and assure the best use of our resources to safeguard Oregon’s history.

We do not accept unsolicited collection donations. All potential donations must go through a review process that is overseen by individuals who are qualified to assess the relevance and suitability of items in relation to the overall collecting policies and needs of OHS. 

If you have collection materials you wish to donate to the OHS, we ask that you contact these staff members before bringing or sending items to the OHS building:

For museum objects (such as textiles, three-dimensional objects, and artwork) please contact:

Kim Buergel, Registrar
503.896.5140
kim.buergel@ohs.org

For library materials (such as documents, including personal papers and business or organizational records, books and other publications, photographs, film, sound recordings, posters, architectural drawings, or maps), please contact:

Shawna Gandy, Library Director
503.306.5265
shawna.gandy@ohs.org

Please Note:

  • Our capacity to review and accept donations is limited. Your patience is appreciated.
  • If you have materials previously authorized for donation to the library, please contact the library director for delivery instructions.
  • We are not able to accommodate drop-in visitors or unscheduled donation drop-offs.
  • The library no longer accepts postcards, daily newspapers (such as the Oregonian or Oregon Journal), or self-published family histories.

For more information regarding materials donation, please click the links below to see our two donation guides and collections policy:

We greatly appreciate your interest in contributing to our collections. We look forward to speaking with you about the materials you wish to donate.

Personal Collection Care

Do you have your own collection of historic artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, books, or films? The Oregon Historical Society has some hints for preserving these items, including:

 

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