Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library – Donation Procedures
We are pleased to discuss donations to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library from friends, neighbors, and visitors. We need your help in telling the fascinating story of American Masonic and fraternal history.
If you have any questions regarding making a donation to the museum collection, contact Hilary Anderson Stelling (781-457-4144); to the library collection, contact Jeff Croteau (781-457-4109), to the archives, contact John Coelho (781-457-4116).
NOTE: Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library staff are prohibited from providing appraisals or an assessment of the value of an object by federal tax law, the SRMML Collections Policy and the American Alliance of Museums Code of Ethics. Museum & Library staff are also prohibited from recommending one appraiser over another. Click here to see our blog post about this. To find a qualified appraiser, check your local listings or contact:
American Society of Appraisers, 800-272-8258, www.appraisers.org
Appraisers Association of America, 212-889-5404, www.appraisersassoc.org
International Society of Appraisers, 312.224.2567, www.isa-appraisers.org
National Institute of Appraisers, 800-676-2148, www.appraiseroffineart.com
Once a potential donation is deposited at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (SRMML), the SRMML staff examines it carefully. We review the object(s) using the following criteria:
-The item relates to the Museum & Library’s collection. This collection includes objects that are fraternal, representative of American culture, or relate to an individual/event important in American history.
-The object will help further SRMML’s programmatic and educational goals.
-The quality and physical condition of the item is good.
-The provenance is known and relevant.
-Some or all of the following information is known: the original purpose of the item; who the creator/author(s) was; where and when it was created/written; its relationship to contemporary events; original and subsequent ownership.
-The item is not a duplicate of an item(s) already in the collection.
The SRMML Collections Committee meets regularly to determine if a potential donation is an appropriate addition to the collection. Following the meeting, one of two things will happen:
If part or all of the donation is accepted, two deeds of gift will be mailed to the donor. The donor signs the deeds and returns them to SRMML to be countersigned. An original copy of the deed is returned to the donor for his records. SRMML retains the second copy with the files on the object.
If part or all of the donation is not accepted, the donor will be notified. The item(s) will then be returned to the donor.
Once the signed Deed of Gift is returned, the item(s) become the property of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. It/they will then be catalogued, numbered and stored for future generations to enjoy.