Reply To: Questions regarding Deeds of Gift


If you don’t have a temporary custody form or anything saying what you can do with these other artifacts, I would try to address the situation with the donor and be honest that they were accepted without any consideration as to how they would fit in the collection and see if she would like them back or allow you to dispose of them.

You probably can’t get rid of them if you don’t have any other title, so it sounds like you have a title issue whether they were on the original deed of gift or not. I’ve accepted things in the past for the education collection that are listed on a deed of gift so they’re not accessioned into the permanent collection but I talk to the donor about it and let them know exactly how donations are being used and then track what collection they wind up in.