The Newark Historical Society actively collects records and materials which document Newark's long and storied past. Thanks to the generosity of local citizens, descendants of residents and other donors, NHS has built a robust collection of museum and library materials consisting of artifacts, books, documents, newspapers, photographs and more.
If you have an object or objects you think would be a good fit for our collections and would like to donate to the NHS, please complete a Deed of Gift form and submit for review, along with a photograph of the item(s), to the Newark History Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Newark Historical Society P.O. Box 1003 Newark, DE 19715
You may also bring your information to the museum during open hours or schedule an appointment to meet with someone.
Deed of Gift forms are available at the museum or you may download the form here:
Please do not bring potential donations to the museum unless you have an appointment with a museum volunteer for that specific reason. Museum hosts are unable to accept unsolicited donations.
Criteria for Donations: When considering the donation of an object to the NHS, please note that all objects presented for accessioning must specifically relate to Newark, Delaware, have historic or artistic merit, and meet the criteria articulated in the NHS’s Collections Policy.
Donation Process: All donations are finalized after receiving approval from the Board of Directors.
Appraisals: Newark Historical Society volunteers are unable to offer appraisals for items associated with donations to the museum. Donations to NHS are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by the law. NHS suggests that donors check with an attorney or financial advisor about any and all tax implications. The following list of national organizations is provided to assist you in finding a qualified, professional appraiser: Appraisers Association of America,American Society of Appraisers, and International Society of Appraisers.