Reply To: Disposal of non accessioned collection items.

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Since special collections tend to follow library policies, we stipulate that all donations automatically become the property of the library and can be disposed of as such. Sometimes the donor makes stipulations as to access, but not to ownership. That nips it in the bud from the get go. Nowadays most of the folks disposing of their loved ones’ treasures are relieved to have it taken off of their hands. However, disposal is a broad term. If the item does not fit our collection development policy, but we think another library/museum/archive could make a home for it, we contact them and they are usually thrilled to have it. Hope this helps.