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Artifact & Library Donation Procedures


Are you interested in donating to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Museum or Library? Donations to the AHSGR Museum and Library follow a specific set of processes that you can find listed below. If you have any additional questions about these procedures please email us at or via phone at 402-474-3363.



  • What kinds of items is AHSGR interested in?

AHSGR is always on the search for exciting items related to the German from Russia heritage and culture. Considered items must not be deteriorated or contaminated (mold/mildew/insects/odors) so that it poses a danger to museum structure and artifacts.


  • How can I contact AHSGR about items I wish to donate?

Potential donors should either call to make an appointment with the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR) at 402-474-3363 or email AHSGR at Objects offered for donation must include photographs of the item(s) you wish to donate, as well as a written history of the item(s) that include dates, origin, materials, dimensions, and condition. AHSGR will review the donation request and make a final decision.


  • Can I just drop off or mail my items to AHSGR?

No, AHSGR encourages interested donors to make an appointment or contact AHSGR via email at Unsolicited donations that are dropped off without prior arrangements will not be considered for acceptance as donation. These items will not be the responsibility of AHSGR and security of these items will not be guaranteed. Individuals involved with sending unsolicited donations will be encouraged to pursue the above procedure. If that is not accomplished, the items may be returned or disposed of at the discretion of AHSGR.


  • What is the process once I submit my donation offer?

If an item is accepted, a Deed of Gift is to be completed at which time the items become the property of AHSGR. At that point the item is accessioned and is either located on display or placed into storage, a decision made by the AHSGR Executive Director and Board of Directors.

When items are not accepted, the owner will be notified by AHSGR and provided an explanation for the decision based on the AHSGR’s mission statement, condition of the items, or duplication of the item. If the item is located at the museum, the owner will be asked to remove said item at their own expense.


  • Who reviews donation offers?

The committee reviewing donations is composed of the AHSGR Executive Director, AHSGR museum staff and volunteers, and members of the AHSGR Board of Directors. 

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