What to Donate
The curator for the Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections works closely with donors to identify those materials of research interest which should be preserved. Although not all papers and records fall within the collecting scope of the department, the types of materials listed below are often valuable. These lists are suggestive, not definitive.
Because the research value of papers and records may be diminished if items are removed or rearranged, donors are encouraged to contact the PHAJ Collections team before selecting materials for donation.
Legal Agreement Necessary for Donation
Donors are asked to sign a gift agreement, the legal document that governs a donation of materials to the University of Colorado Boulder. The PHAJ team will supply sample agreements and will work with donors to define the terms of the gift. The deed addresses physical ownership, ownership of intellectual property rights, and access to the materials.
How We Take Care of Collections
- Collections are arranged and described by professional archivists who adhere to professionally accepted guidelines in the Special Collections and Archives department at the University of Colorado Boulder (SCA). They prepare descriptive guides and inventories which are used by researchers to select materials to study. Learn more about these guides, called ‘finding aids,’ in Using Archival Materials.
- All material collections are placed in archival, acid-free containers and appropriate folders to ensure long-term preservation of the materials. Some archival collections may contain materials that have physically deteriorated or are fragile. If necessary, staff will consult with professional conservators to decide upon appropriate treatment. Electronic and born digital materials have their own preservation needs that are addressed on a case by case basis, with some data currently migrated into a preservation format.
- Collections are kept in environmentally-controlled, secure, closed areas, and do not circulate outside of SCA. Materials are viewed in a supervised reading room. When the department is closed, archival materials are protected in a secured environment and patrolled by the security staffs of the library and university.
- Providing physical and intellectual control of valuable collections is expensive. Donors who are able to do so are encouraged to provide financial support for the arrangement, description, and preservation of their papers or records.
How to Donate
Collection donations to the Post-Holocaust American Judaism are handled on a case-by-case basis. Please use our Contact Form if you are interested in making a material donation.
Have additional questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.