Donate Your Items


What We Need

The African American Museum of Southern Arizona strives to be the primary institution for the housing and care of artifacts that represent the African American community of Southern Arizona. The Museum collects a variety of items including those from daily life, military service, businesses, cultural events, and from religious, social, political, historical, and educational experiences. Contact us to discuss your collection or items that you want to donate. Does your collection or items have a story or history that you can share about the African American experience? Complete the Historical Objects Inventory (HOI) form to help identify your historical artifacts and donated items.

AAMSAZ IS LOOKING FOR THE FOLLOWING AND ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT REPRESENT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND BLACK EXPERIENCE (PRIMARILY AS IT RELATES ARIZONA AND SOUTHWEST):

  • Documents, letters, photographs, photo albums, scrapbooks
  • Journals, diaries, business and church records, and programs
  • Organizational records, event programs, obituaries, Family Bibles,
  • Everyday objects, business, organizational history, household items, toys, tools, furniture, textiles, clothing, etc.
  • Historical material with local, state, national, and/or international impact
  • Artwork (2 or 3 dimensional) created by local artists
  • Digital and film, video, audio recordings, oral histories, and interviews
  • Archaeological and building artifacts
*The African American Museum of Southern Arizona will not accept living items, damaged items, or items not owned by the donor.

**A note about international cultural property: AAMSAZ respects the cultural property laws of other countries. AAMSAZ adheres to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property of 1970 and the 1983 U.S. legislation which prohibits the import of cultural property stolen from a non-U.S. museum or similar public or religious institution and which places import controls on items of cultural property where cultural patrimony is in jeopardy from pillage.


How To Donate

Please fill out and sign the following HOI form.
*All areas are required except photos but we would appreciate them.

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