Donations to Museum Collection

Thank you for considering a donation to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum collection. The Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and foster knowledge of Bainbridge Island history.

To add to the collection, we hope to acquire (1) cultural materials from Bainbridge Island including, among others, objects, photographs, manuscripts, personal papers, business and organization documents, and oral histories; and (2) published materials pertaining to Bainbridge Island and surrounding geographical areas. In reviewing proposed additions to the collection, we consider which of the following three categories best matches the item:

  • Primary Research: Rare and unique artifacts, archival and manuscript materials, and original photographic materials significant to the history of Bainbridge Island.
  • Secondary Research: Published, printed and visual materials; and commonly found, easily replaceable artifacts, ephemera and reproductions used for education and interpretation.
  • Education: Items that are useful to foster better understanding of historical concepts and ideas by offering an opportunity for hands-on interaction with materials from the past.

To help us determine if the materials you are offering are a good fit for our collection please complete and submit the form below.

Proposed Donation to Museum Collection

Form used to propose an addition to the Museum's collection.
  • Please briefly describe the the item. For example, "Historic Photo," "Scrapbook," 'Letters and Papers of John Doe." Also, please tell us if a photo of the item is available.
  • Please provide the approximate dimensions of the materials or artifact, and their general condition.
  • Please tell us what you know of the history of the items, including who owned them and when, and how you acquired them.
  • Do you own the items and have the right to transfer them? Also, please tell us whether you intend to transfer all rights in the items, including copyrights and other intellectual property rights, or something less.