Make An Item Donation to the Local History Archives

artifact donations

As we plan for the future, prudent development of our artifact collection is especially important. Decisions are based on your object’s history and significance to the history of the Manitowoc County region, and its relationship to artifacts already in our collection.

The Manitowoc County Historical Society accepts donations of original materials documenting the history of our community. Examples of the types of materials preserved in the Archives include letters, photographs, diaries, unpublished memoirs and manuscripts, all forms of two dimensional artwork, original tape recordings, original film and video footage and architectural drawings.


Submit your item for consideration to our archvies

The following form MUST be filled out for your donation to be considered. When you press submit, it will automatically be sent to the Manitowoc County Historical Society staff for review. Please allow for a minimum of two weeks for review by the Artifacts Committee.

Donation Criteria:
Because of its specific mission and limited resources, the Manitowoc County Historical Society only accepts artifacts that meet ALL of the following criteria:
1. The object must relate in a significant way to the history of what the Manitowoc County Historical Society represents.
2. Sufficient information about the history and function of the artifact must be available at the time of acceptance to justify the research and/or interpretation value of the object.
3. The object must not represent an unnecessary duplication of artifacts already in the collection.
4. The Manitowoc County Historical Society must be reasonably assured that the donor has legal title to the artifact and can convey that title to the Manitowoc County Historical Society. 
5. The artifact can be acquired without restrictions (such as requirements for long-term loan, permanent display, or exhibition of an entire collection).
6. The object is in reasonable condition, has no extraordinary conservation needs, and can be adequately stored and cared for by the Manitowoc County Historical Society.

You will be contacted if your offered donation is accepted along with instructions to fill out and sign a Deed of Gift form. 

Name *
Phone *
How did this object come into your posesion? *
Overall condition of item: *
Item complete? *
Original Finish? *
Do you have a photo of the item? Please check this box if you are able to send a photo. Photos can be emailed to archives@manitowoccountyhistory.org *