How are potential donations reviewed?
Donation offers are evaluated by the Museum's collections committee. The committee is composed of professional curators and other staff members knowledgeable in both the scope of the Museum’s collection and the conservation issues associated with artifact care, as well as the policies that govern the acquisition process.
The committee’s decision will be guided by the content criteria specified in the institution’s collections management policy and informed by the Museum’s current goals for acquisitions. The condition of the item may also be considered in light of museum resources required to properly house and care for it. Clarity and history of ownership, copyright, and similarity to items already in the Museum’s collection may also factor into acquisition decisions.