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Donate to Collections

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the collections of Brooklyn Historical Society!

Each year, artifacts, personal papers, organizational records, photographs, and fine art are added to the collections through the generosity of our community. These donations help us document and interpret Brooklyn’s rich history.

BHS is committed to preserving and growing our collections in a responsible way. As such, preference is given to cohesive groupings of materials rather than individual items, particularly for documents and photographs. Because of the volume of offerings we receive, we cannot accept donations in person or through the mail without prior written communication with our collections staff. We reply only to inquiries about donations we determine are appropriate for our permanent collections.

All proposed donations must be submitted in writing to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your full name and contact information
  • Description of the item(s), including dimensions, quantity, subjects represented, names of any known creators, and how you came to have these materials
  • Date or estimated date range of item(s)
  • Condition of the item(s) (i.e. conserved, fine, good, fair, poor, brittle, moldy)
  • Photographs of items (cell phone photographs are acceptable)

Feast of San Gennaro, circa 1978; v2008.013.17, Lucille Fornasieri Gold photographs; Brooklyn Historical Society.

BHS is committed to preserving and growing our collections in a responsible way. As such, preference is given to cohesive groupings of materials rather than individual items, particularly for documents and photographs. Because of the volume of offerings we receive, we cannot accept donations in person or through the mail without prior written communication with our collections staff. We reply only to inquiries about donations we determine are appropriate for our permanent collections.

All proposed donations must be submitted in writing to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your full name and contact information
  • Description of the item(s), including dimensions, quantity, subjects represented, names of any known creators, and how you came to have these materials
  • Date or estimated date range of item(s)
  • Condition of the item(s) (i.e. conserved, fine, good, fair, poor, brittle, moldy)
  • Photographs of items (cell phone photographs are acceptable)

For further explanation of our collecting practices, please review our Mission Statement and Collection Policy.

Please note that material deposited at Brooklyn Historical Society without prior written communication and assessment by Collections staff becomes the absolute and unconditional property of Brooklyn Historical Society. Brooklyn Historical Society is free to make all decisions in accordance with its established policies and procedures with respect to the retention, storage, processing, use, and disposition of the material.

Contact Information

For additional information or questions, please contact library staff.