Potential Donation Form
Please complete this form with as much information as possible for our review and consideration.

The Minnesota Historical Society accepts only a small proportion of materials offered due to the breadth of our current holdings. Space constraints and our commitment to sustainable stewardship and best practices play a central role in our collecting criteria.

Due to curatorial vacancies across MNHS collecting areas, we are temporarily unable to accept donations of 3D objects, Native American collections, fine art, maps, rare books, and other published materials. Please consider waiting to donate your materials and note that we may not be able to respond directly to all inquiries in the areas noted: 3D objects, fine art, maps, rare books, and other published materials. Thank you for your understanding.

MNHS is actively collecting in the areas of manuscripts; photography and moving images; archeology; and government records.

Usually we can respond within four to six weeks; some offers may take longer to review. Thank you for thinking of us!
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What do you have? (Please select all that apply) *
Describe the material you are interested in donating: *
How did this item(s) come to you?
When was this made or used?
Where was this made or used?
Please give us an idea of the size of your offer (for example, is it multiple volumes, one diary, or 10 boxes, etc.) *
Condition? *
Please provide any details possible. How is it connected to Minnesota or the region? Why do you think it is significant? *
Your name *
Your phone number
Email (please note that this is the preferred method of contact; you may enter "no email" if you do not have an email address) *
Is this being offered as a donation? *
Photographs of Donation
If you are able to take digital photographs, please email them to collections@mnhs.org with the donor's name in the subject. This ensures the photographs are associated with the correct donation.
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