Donate an Artifact

How Can I Donate an Artifact to the Museum?

Over the years the Museum of the Albemarle has acquired a large percentage of its artifact collection through public donations. The Curator supervises the acquisition of artifacts.

To donate an object, please contact Wanda Lassiter by email at: or by calling 252-335-1453. Plan to describe the object in detail and leave a detailed message, if necessary, so that your voice-mail or e-mail message can be returned.

The curator will work with you to determine whether the object meets the museum's collecting criteria. Criteria for evaluating the object for acceptance into the collection include the following considerations:

  • Was the object made or used in northeastern North Carolina?
  • What is the object's historical significance?
  • Can documentation (written or oral) on the object be found?
  • Does the object need conservation work?
  • Does the object support the existing collection?
  • Is the object a duplicate?
  • What is the object's exhibit potential?
  • What impact would the object have on available storage space?

If the object meets enough criteria, the curator will present it to the Acquisitions Committee at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. After examining the object, the committee will vote on its acceptance, and the curator will notify you of the committee's decision. If the object is accepted, a registrar from the Collections Management Section at the North Carolina Museum of History will send you a deed of gift form. This legal document certifies that the object is yours to donate and that you agree to assign all rights associated with the object to the museum. When you sign and return the deed of gift, the object becomes part of the collection of the North Carolina Museum of History.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. You can use the signed deed of gift as an acknowledgment of your donation to the North Carolina Museum of History. (The museum does not provide appraisals, however, or provide estimated values.) The IRS requires that you include Form 8283—available from your accountant or the IRS—with your tax return if you determine (or an appraiser determines) that the value of your contribution is more than $500.