how to donate artifacts

All artifacts that we accept into the collection must fit with the HAHS mission and the needs of the collection. Please check our wish list for objects we’re currently looking for.   If you think you have an artifact that we might be interested in, please contact the Collections Manager or Curator/Archivist.  We’ll need a brief description of the item, its origin and history if known, and general dimensions before we accept or decline the donation.  Please do not send or drop off an object until you have spoken with the Collections Manager or Curator/Archivist.

HAHS cannot guarantee that objects will be displayed. Only a small portion of the HAHS collection is exhibited at any given time. HAHS reserves the right to decline objects if they are inconsistent with our collections needs, duplicates, not in good condition or if they contain hazardous materials.

Please note:

  • Objects are not accepted as long-term loans;
  • HAHS will not store artifacts that are not donated to us;
  • HAHS does not make, arrange or pay for appraisals of artifacts.

To donate three-dimensional objects or artifacts, contact Heather Farquhar, Collections and Historic Properties Manager, by calling (510) 581-0223 ext. 131 or emailing

To donate to our archive collection (books, paperwork, images), contact Diane Curry, Curator and Archivist, by calling (510) 581-0223 ext. 141 or emailing