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Artifact Donation

Thanks for Helping us Build Our Nationally Recognized Collection

The Wright Museum is well-known for its exceptional collection of authentic objects originating from the WWII era (1939-45).

Thanks to donors like you, the museum is able to fulfill its educational mission.

Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about donating artifacts to the museum.

Then call or fill out the form below to contact a staff member and begin the process of donating an artifact to the museum.

 

FAQs

Q: What does the museum focus on?
A: The Wright Museum focuses primarily on the WWII-era (1939-45). In order to highlight the enterprise and courage of Americans on both the Home Front and War Front, the museum generally collects artifacts produced by, used by, or detailing the contributions of Americans during the war.

Q: Does the museum accept items from other countries that fought in WWII?
A: Generally the museum focuses on American made or used artifacts, though other items may be considered on a case by case basis.

Q: Does the museum accept items from other wars or periods of history?
A: Because our mission focuses on World War II, we do not accept artifacts from other wars or periods of history into the Permanent Collection.

Q: What types of items does the museum collection consist of?
A: The museum houses a wide variety of artifacts, including: photographs, films, correspondence, audio recordings, insignia, uniforms, documents, books, works of art, toys, household items, military equipment, vehicles, and other objects.

Q: Will the museum appraise my historic artifacts for me?
A: Please be aware that the museum will not appraise artifacts for you. If you need an appraisal, please contact a certified appraiser in your area for assistance. If you are in New England, you can contact the New England Appraiser’s Association at newenglandappraisers.org or (901)758-2659 to find a certified appraiser.

Q: Does the museum accept WWII military equipment and/or ammunition?
A: The museum houses a significant collection of decommissioned military equipment. However, for the safety of our staff and visitors, we do not accept ammunition of any kind.

Q: Does the museum accept walk-in artifact donations?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to accept walk-in donations due to limited curatorial staffing. The museum requests that you call or contact a staff member ahead of time to set up an appointment.

Q: When I submitted a donation, I filled out a Temporary Custody Receipt. What does that mean?
A: The Temporary Custody Receipt allows the museum to temporarily hold your artifacts(s) for review by the Collections Committee. Once our Committee has reviewed the item(s), you will receive written notification of which of them have been accepted into the museum’s Permanent Collection. Those that are accepted will be listed on an enclosed Deed of Gift form, which you will then be asked to sign and return. The Deed of Gift form legally transfers ownership of the item(s) to the Wright Museum. Items that are not accepted will be handled in the manner you indicated on the Temporary Custody Receipt.

Q: If my donation is accepted, how soon will it be on display? Will it be displayed permanently?
A: Generally, the museum needs time to process new artifacts into the collection. It also depends on what condition the artifact is in when we receive it. Due to limited exhibition space, we cannot guarantee that new artifacts will be displayed quickly or permanently. Items not on display are still carefully documented and stored in our archives.

A few other notes:
Objects not accepted into the Permanent Collection may still be added to the museum’s Education Collection or to our Research Library, where they are made accessible to researchers and students.
Collection items are sometimes lent to other educational institutions as part of traveling exhibits or for temporary artifact exchanges.
While we cannot accept every potential artifact donation, our Collections Committee carefully reviews each donation with our collections criteria in mind.

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