Contribute an Artifact

The COR Museum is a home for artifacts of the city and its people. It is also an educational space that develops exhibits, lectures and programs to help residents and visitors discover the diverse aspects of the city’s people, places and events.

One of the defining purposes of the COR Museum is its continual effort to preserve the artifacts of the city. Through active searching and by receiving donations, the museum collects, preserves and researches artifacts that trace the city’s growth and daily life. Without the museum, these artifacts would possibly find no central and shared repository for future access and use—and so otherwise become lost to time. Thus the museum seeks to preserve what is historically significant and relevant to Raleigh’s past, present, and future to share with all generations.

Contribute to Raleigh’s heritage by donating to the COR Museum

  • Entrust the care and preservation of your artifact to museum professionals.
  • Share your artifact and its historical story with Raleigh neighbors and visitors.
  • Deduct your artifact donation from your taxes.

Materials Typically Collected

  • Local business signage, ephemera and other documentation
  • Photographs documenting historic buildings, local events, and daily life in or around Raleigh
  • Historic newspapers and other local media
  • Artifacts from historic buildings, parks, and other local sites
  • Yearbooks, city directories, local history books
  • Paper-based documentation of local organizations or events
  • Local sports and recreational memorabilia
  • Documentation of local politics and civic activity
  • Documentation of local clubs and societies
  • Other artifacts with direct relevance to Raleigh and the surrounding area

Materials Not Typically Collected

Because of our limited space, the COR Museum can only accept items with immediate relevance to Raleigh and the surrounding area’s history and growth. While we appreciate one’s consideration, we cannot accept artifacts that are old or of personal value but with little apparent significance to our local history. With that said, we do not collect the following items:

  • Old electronics (computers, televisions, fax machines, modems), unless directly related to Raleigh businesses or organizations (media groups, university departments, and so forth).
  • Personal book, music, and film collections
  • Furniture
  • Other personal artifacts unrelated to Raleigh or its surrounding area

The museum will give special consideration to materials that fall into these categories but are exceptionally significant to Raleigh’s past or present.

Donation Procedure

Donors must fill out a Deed of Gift card on the day of transfer. These cards document an official declaration of material transfer to the Raleigh City Museum for ownership. The card agreement states:

I/We, the undersigned, hereby irrevocably and unconditionally give, convey, and assign to the City of Raleigh museum all of my rights, title, and interest, including copyright, if any, in and to the following described object(s). I affirm that I own said object(s) and to the best of my knowledge have complete right, title, and interests to gift said objects. This is an unconditional donation. The COR Museum reserves the right to keep, lend, or otherwise dispose of the donated material.

After completing the Deed of Gift, a member of the COR Museum collections staff will begin to process the donation and assign a Temporary Deposit number. The donor will then receive by mail an inventory of the donation. In the final stage of the acquisition process, a committee will convene to determine the donation’s relevance to the museum and, if considered appropriate, will then be accessioned into the permanent collection. The COR Museum will notify donors by mail if their deposit is added to the permanent collection.

Please contact Ainsley Powell, Curator of Collections, at 919.996.4365 to inquire about a possible donation.