The Society actively seeks high quality material to add to the museum collections
and relies heavily upon gifts from those interested in Ohio's heritage.
New collections also are acquired through bequests and some purchases. In
considering additions to the museum collections, the Society evaluates five
1. How well does
the object relate to the Society's mission?
The Society is interested in objects that relate
to the lives of Ohioans (prehistoric and historic); that illustrate products
made in Ohio; that are associated with important individuals, events, or
places; or that document Ohio's natural history.
the object complement the existing Society collections?
During the past century, the Society has developed
extensive collections. Efforts are made to strengthen existing collections
or to build new ones in important areas. Objects may not be accepted if
identical or comparable material already is in the collections.
Objects may be accepted for the Education Collection,
which is used for demonstrations and other "hands on" educational
programs. Because these items are used, they are not expected to be preserved
as are the Society's permanent collections.
3. What is the
quality of the object?
Society staff ask whether the object has characteristics
that contribute to the Society's mission. Is it in good condition? Is it
a representative piece from a particular type of object? Is the object
complete? Does it demonstrate significant skill?
4. Is the object
Objects that are authentic and accompanied by
information about their manufacture, previous owners, use, etc. are valuable
as resources for research and exhibit. Objects which are shown in photographs
along with their makers or those who used them are especially interesting.
5. Can the Society
legally become the owner of the object?
The Society normally does not accept objects on
permanent or indefinite loan, particularly if there is no immediate use
for the material in exhibit, research or
educational programs. The Society must be satisfied that donors do have
the right to transfer ownership to the Society and that the Society can
The Society has not-for-profit 501(c)3 Internal
Revenue Service classification which allows many donors to deduct gifts
to the Society from their federal income taxes. Individuals and organizations
considering donations with tax consequences are encouraged to seek the
advice of an accountant or attorney.
NOTE: The Society does not provide appraisals.
Society staff can suggest names of appraisers specializing in a particular
field to anyone requesting assistance in establishing values of materials.