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Employees of the History Department, as part of the nonprofit museum foundation, are prohibited from appraising artifacts and specimens for market value. Appraisals can be obtained from private dealers and auction houses. For more information go to www.appraisers.org/findappraiser.
History staff will evaluate potential donations on a case-by-case basis according to the relevance of the artifact to the department's mission, similarity to current holdings, and historical value.
“Material Culture” refers to all the material items collected by the History Department that are three dimensional in form, such as vehicles, machinery, tools, dolls, firearms, and clothing.
Both the Museum Archives and the Seaver Center collect two-dimensional items that contain information of enduring historical value, such as letters, photographs, posters, and brochures. However the Museum Archives hold records that reflect the Museum's institutional history, while the Seaver Center holds noncurrent historical records created primary outside of the Museum, by individuals, groups, institutions, and governments.
There are many collection areas where there exists the paper documentation (e.g., photographs, bills of sale) to support the objects. For example, the
The History Department maintains the two- and three-dimensional artifacts of the
Yes, the History Department owns a replica of the Anthony automobile made by the donor, Earle C. Anthony, around 1920.