Reply To: Disposal of non accessioned collection items.

Laraine Daly Jones


We are struggling with this also. Our forms provide a space for donors to initial if they permit the museum to ‘use the item as it sees fit’. So that gives us permission to dispose, but we haven’t fully established the mechanism for disposition. Logically, we should offer it to other museums in our system, then to our Education Dept. as a consumable item, then to other museums in our state. But when do we reach a point when the amount of work involved becomes burdensome, when weighed against the costs of storing it indefinitely? As a government agency, we also have to determine whether it is subject to ‘surplus property’ regulations. We have been told we can’t use an online auction service to sell things. So we are still searching for other means of disposal. Would welcome ideas.