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Thank you for helping us to tell and preserve the story of the Buffalo Soldiers and African American service members from the Revolutionary War to present.  Please continue to support our mission by donating artifacts and books that are applicable to our mission.

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum seeks to enhance its collections by adding artifacts, archival documents and books that are appropriate to the Museum’s mission.  BSNM will acquire and preserve materials that will promote a deeper knowledge and understanding of African American Military History. The Collections Committee, comprised of BSNM staff and Board Members, evaluates all potential acquisitions, and decides whether to approve or disapprove a given item based upon the museum’s collections policy. The Committee considers acquisitions by gift, bequest, exchange or purchase. Works of art, artifacts, photographs and archival materials are accepted when certain criteria are met.  BSNM must be able to provide for the storage, protection, and preservation of objects under conditions that ensure their availability for the Museum’s purpose and in keeping with accepted museum standards.  All donations are considered unconditional gifts to be used in accordance with BSNM’s collections policy.

  • We cannot appraise items for donation to the Museum and/or Library
  • We do not guarantee any items will be put on display
  • Please contact BSNM in advance before making a donation in order to determine if your artifacts, books or archival documents are appropriate for the Museum and/or Library.


If you would like information about making a donation to the Museum, please email info@buffalosoldiermuseum.com or call 713-942-8920.

When a potential donor approaches BSNM with objects that he/she wishes to donate, an incoming temporary deposit receipt is completed for all items for which the Museum is taking temporary custody.  The museum may examine potential donations but will not offer any appraisal. Choosing an appraiser in cases involving potential gifts to BSNM above certain dollar amounts, regulations of the Internal Revenue Service require that a third disinterested party perform appraisals of tax-deductible gifts to non-profit institutions, such as the ASA. Additional information can be obtained from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), 1-800-272-8258,  www.appraisers.org.  Matters to consider include the following: expertise, credentials, written contract, signed statement of disinterest, appraisal documentation, type of value (fair market, replacement), fee and whether the appraiser has liability insurance.  For federal tax purposes, it is illegal for the appraisal fee to be based on a percentage of the overall value of the item or items. A feasibility study may be requested of the appraiser to determine whether an appraisal is warranted. In the case of charitable contributions, the cost of an appraisal might be tax-deductible. To find out specific requirements for claims, you should contact your local IRS office or your tax accountant.