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Collection Donation

If you have documents, images, or artifacts that you believe would complement our collection, please tell us about them. Thank you for your interest in donating documents, images, or artifacts to the Chicago History Museum. To assist us in our review, please fully describe your proposed donation by including information about its size, condition, and historical significance, and attach photographs or photocopies of the materials, if possible. Please do not send the original materials you wish to donate to the museum at this time. If you have not already done so, take a moment to review the Museum’s Collecting Scope.
  • Description of Materials

  • Please be as specific as possible: include names, dates, physical description, and any other information you can see by examining the material.
  • Who made it? Who did it belong to? How was it used? Where, when, and by whom was it used?
  • Please provide measured or estimated dimensions in H x W x D format.
  • Is it damaged? Is it stained? Is it missing any parts?
  • Do you own this material?
  • If possible, please attach 1 or 2 images (no larger than 2MB each) of the item(s) you wish to donate to the Museum. Images that capture key features or document the condition of the item(s) help the curatorial staff evaluate donation offers (if you are proposing a large volume of papers, books, or images, please provide sample images).
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