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Scope of Donations

Donations of rare or unique material of enduring historical value are accepted by Special Collections based on its Mission and Collection Development Policy. Within this framework, potential donations are appraised for the value of their administrative, legal, fiscal, evidential, or historical information.

Collection Acquisition

Collections donations are accepted as gifts by Special Collections. No departmental funds are available for the purchase of archival collections. Donors are encouraged to provide funds for the acquisition, processing, digitization and other expenses associated with collection development. Collections (excluding institutional records) are owned by the University of Baltimore Foundation and managed by Langsdale Library Special Collections. 

Deed of Gift and Acknowledgement

All acquisitions require an Accession Form signed by the donor and a department archivist. New collections donated to the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives require a Deed of Gift, signed by Dean of the Library Director and the Executive Director of the University of Baltimore Foundation. The elements of the Deed of Gift include the identification of the donor and recipient, specification of a preliminary collection title, definition of the terms of the transfer of ownership, including intellectual and physical property rights, delineation of any access restrictions and explanation of the conditions for the separation of materials from the collection. Acknowledgement of receipt of a gift is the responsibility of the archivist managing the acquisition.

Collections on Deposit

Collections on “deposit” are donated to a collecting repository without the transfer of ownership. Under certain circumstances, Special Collections will accept collections on deposit. However, every effort will be made to convince donors to convert deposit agreements into full deeds of gift as soon as possible.

Refusal of Donations

Special Collections reserves the right to refuse any potential gift for a variety of reasons:
• Overly restrictive conditions of use have been requested by the donor
• Spaces and resources are not available to accommodate a large volume collection
• Collection material is not unique and is available in other repositories
• Materials have been damaged by mold, insects, pests or other factors
• Photocopied material for which original material exists

Collection Appraisal and Tax Deductions

The determination of a gift’s monetary value and the related possibility of a tax deduction is the sole responsibility of the donor. Special Collections staff cannot give tax advice, nor are they permitted to appraise the monetary value of a collection that is under consideration as a potential donation.