Reply To: Questions regarding Deeds of Gift

Janice Klein

Sorry if I wasn’t clear.   A Deed of Gift is an excellent and important part of collections documentation and I would strongly recommend creating one for each new acquisition.    However, the lack of a Deed for past acquisitions (particularly when faced with an old collection with no Deeds of Gift and dead donors) need not be cause for alarm since legal ownership can be shown through the presence of other documentation (offer and acceptance) and the physical transfer of the items.