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Please Help Us by Donating Your Objects

We need your help!

NMAAHC is the first Smithsonian museum to build its own collection from scratch.

We collect artifacts, historical documents, photographs, audio recordings, moving images, books, and visual arts. The museum preserves these historical materials to share with the public and future generations through exhibitions and research.

Please browse through our needs list below and fill out our object donation form if you think you have what we need. Don't worry--you are under no obligation to donate when you fill out the form. If we're interested in your object we will be in touch with you for further discussion.

Object Donation Form

We need these items by May, 2014!

1980 - the Present

  • 1980 - The Present
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans: "help" signs, plastic tarps, emergency items actually used during the hurricane and aftermath 2005 New Orleans, Louisiana
    Buttons, banners, posters, clothing from the Million Woman March 1997 Philadelphia, PA
    Original copy of the 1992 "Cease Fire Agreement" signed by Crips and Bloods in Watts; or similar documents 1992
    Materials showing migration to the South 1990 2010
    Police riot gear 1990 1999
    Materials from marches or protests against policy brutality, 1990s such as buttons, banners, posters, leaflets 1990 1999
    Business signs, clothing, cultural artifacts showing immigration and national diversity 1980 2010
    A vintage pair of worn Nike Air Jordan shoes 1980 1999
    A menu from Michael Jordan’s restaurant, Chicago 1980 1999

1970s and Beyond

  • 1970s and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    TWWA manifesto book, Triple Jeopardy 1971
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Kirk Franklin 1970 2013
    Evidence of protests, marches or organizations dealing with welfare, housing, education, affirmative action such as posters, banners, buttons, leaflets, photographs 1970 2010
    National Welfare Rights Organization materials such as leaflets, posters, photographs 1970 2000
    Evidence of factory closings such as signs, fence gate with chain & padlock 1970 1989
    Fashion Fair Cosmetics products/containers/ads 1970 1979
    Items related to hip hop culture such as B-boy / b-girl clothing and accessories, microphone and headphones, ephemera from park jams etc.) 1970 1979 The Bronx

1960s and Beyond

  • 1960s and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Black Feminist Organizations 1968 1980
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Amiri Baraka 1968 1976
    Black Panther beret, jacket or any other garb worn by the Black Panthers 1968 1975
    Food bags, curriculum materials, handbills, etc. associated with the Black Panther Community Programs 1968 1975
    Political handbills or personal objects that were utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Kathleen Cleaver 1966 1975
    Political materials or a personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Elaine Brown or Erika Huggins 1966 1973
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with the US Organization Karenga 1966 1971
    National Medical Association 1964 booklet/pamphlet 1964
    Campaign material for one or more urban mayors: Gibson, Stokes, Bradley, Washington 1960 1989
    Programs, brochures and souvenirs from pioneering African American museums 1960 1980
    An artifact that is representative of the urban rebellions that took place in the 1960s in a variety of U.S. cities 1960 1970
    "Black is Beautiful" poster or graphic from the 1960s 1960 1969
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1960 1969

1950s and Beyond

  • 1950s and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Motown Records 1959 2013 Detroit, MI
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Prince 1958 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Stax Records 1957 2013 Memphis, TN
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Stevie Wonder 1950 2013
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1950 1959

1940s and Beyond

  • 1940s and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Lionel Richie 1949 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Jessye Norman 1945 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Angela Davis 1944 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Sly Stone 1943 2013
    Souvenir program National Negro Business League Convention 1943 Baltimore, MD
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Aretha Franklin 1942 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Andrae Crouch 1942 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) 1941 1998
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Dionne Warwick 1940 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Smokey Robinson 1940 2013
    NAACP pamphlets c. 1940s, titles: "Medical Care and Plight of the Negro" by Dr. M.Cobb; "Progress and Portents for the Negro in Medicine" by Dr. M. Cobb 1940 1949
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1940 1949

1930s and Beyond

  • 1930s and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Tina Turner 1939 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Simon Estes 1938 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Shirley Ceasar 1938 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Etta James 1938 2012
    Personal objects and artifacts utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and their work with the Black Panther Party 1936 1982
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with George Shirley 1934 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Little Richard 1932 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Sam Cooke 1931 1964
    Sweet Georgia Brown's Bleaching Cream Ad from 1930s 1930 1939
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1930 1939

1920s and Beyond

  • 1920s and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 1968
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Leontyne Price 1927 2013
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Big Mama Thornton 1926 1984
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with John Coltrane 1926 1967
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Malcolm X 1925 1965
    Issues of The Crisis magazine, 1925-1927 (published by the NAACP) 1925 1927
    Issues of Opportunity magazine, 1925-1927 (published by the National Urban League) 1925 1927
    Black theater memorabilia from the Harlem Renaissance era (1920s-1930s), especially productions by the Lafayette Players (organized by Anita Bush) and the Krigwa Players (Crisis Guild of Writers and Artists, organized by W. E. B. Du Bois) 1920 1939 New York
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1920 1929

1900 and Beyond

  • 1900 and Beyond
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with the individudals defined as a Harlem Renaissance artists, performers, writers and educators 1919 1939 New York
    Artifacts and personal objects that were utilized, collected and/or created by Mississippi Democratic Party, most prominently by its vice-chair and mouthpiece, Fannie Lou Hamer 1917 1977 Mississippi
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Muddy Waters 1913 1983
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Dorothy Height 1912 2010
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Bayard Rustin 1912 1987
    Artifact that delineates the early history and building of the National Urban League including those that were collected and used by its founders and early leaders Dr. George Edmund Haynes, Ruth Standish Brown and Lester Granger 1910 1949
    Artifacts and materials that delineates the early history and building of the NAACP including those that were collected and used by its founders and early leaders W.E.B. DuBois, Archibald Grimke, Ida B. Wells, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, William English Walling, Florence Kelley, Charles Edward Russell 1909 1930
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Justice Thurgood Marshall 1908 1993
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. 1908 1972
    Artifacts and materials that delineates the early history and building of the Niagara Movement including those that were collected and used by its founders and early leaders (including but not limited to) W.E.B. DuBois, John Hope, Fredrick L. McGhee and William Trotter 1905 1910
    Issue of The Colored American Magazine, circa 1900-1909 1900 1909
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1900 1919

Late 1800s to Early 1900s

  • Late 1800s to early 1900s
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Paul Robeson 1898 1976
    An artifact that was created, collected and/or associated with the Negro Club Women's Movement specifically the National Federation of African American Woomen, National League of Colored Women, its subsequent merger of the National Association of Colored Women and its early leaders Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell and Mary McLeod Bethune 1896 1939
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with William Grant Still 1895 1978
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Charles Hamilton Houston 1895 1950
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with A. Phillip Randolph 1889 1979
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Marcus Garvey 1887 1940
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Daddy Grace 1884 1960
    Ball/chain, uniform or other object utilized at a prison farm camp historically known for the imprisonment of African and Native Americans 1880 1935
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with Mary McLeod Bethune 1875 1955
    Bert Williams, vaudeville and Broadway star: personal object and/or entertainment memorabilia 1874 1922 New York
    A personal object that was utilized, collected and/or created by and associated with W.E.B DuBois 1868 1963
    Medal of Honor awarded to an African American 1863 1969

1800s

  • 1800s
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    Objects associated with the 1850 compromise; Louisiana Purchase; DOI; Constitution; Bill of Rights 1850 1870
    David Walker's 1829 Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World 1829
    Newspapers from black press related to the Abolition movement 1820 1850
    Absalom Jones 1808 Thanksgiving Sermon on ending of the Slave Trade 1808
    Objects associated with a rural black Baptist church 1800 1999
    Objects associated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 19th or early 20th century 1800 1925
    Items related to African Americans in the West prior to 1900 (historical and unknown figures, rural and urban, photographs, memorabilia from families, individuals and institutions) 1800 1899 Western U.S.

Before 1800

  • Before 1800
    Object, Title, Artist or Maker Beginning Year End Year Associated Location
    Copper plate of James DeWolf 1764 1837
    Objects relating to Mum Bett to include kitchen shovel, Mob cap, 30 Colonial Shillings, etc. 1750 1781
    Painting or artifact from Portuguese Caravel 1700 1800
    Violence associated with the Trans-Atlantic slave trade including adult shackles, children's shackles, manacles, cat-o-nine-tails, etc. 1700 1800
    Religious and spiritual artifacts typical of some African Cultures to include shell balls, Asens with cross, bracelet with gris gris inside, etc. 1600 1700 Africa
    Artifacts and items associated trade between Europe and Goree Island to include pottery, plates, Amsterdam Gin bottles, glazed and ceramic imports, pipes, trade goods, spice, cloth, pepper, block of salt, etc. 1600 1700 Goree Island, Europe
    Artifacts that are indigenous to Africa prior to initial contact with Europe, to include Mali manuscripts, sculpture, weaponry, masks, tools, dance rattle, etc. 1400 1500 Africa