Museum Research & Donations

Access to Museum Collections

At MdHS, we welcome scholars, museum professionals, MdHS members, and interested members of the public to view collections that are not on exhibition. Access to these collections is granted by special arrangement which must be made no less than one month in advance.

Research and viewing requests are handled in the order in which they are received and response time is approximately 10 business days. Expedited (5 business days) requests may be possible depending on staff availability with a charge of 100% added to the normal research or viewing fees.

 

Requesting Information about an Object

MAKING REQUESTS

For information about or research regarding an object in the MdHS collection, please fill out the Museum Request form and either email it to museum_dept@mdhs.org, fax it to fax (410) 385-2105), or mail it to:

Museum Division
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

FEES

The first half hour of research is free. This is often an adequate amount of time to research an Item ID request. You will be contacted with the results of that half hour of research. If you request additional research, it will be billed at the rates stated below. There is a minimum charge of an hour. Please be aware that research is not always successful. Despite diligent efforts by the staff, the information you seek simply may not be available. No refunds will be made.

Members – $40 per hour

Non-members - $50 per hour

We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or money orders.

 

To View an Object

MAKING REQUESTS

To view an object in the MdHS collection, please fill out the Museum Request form and submit your request by email (museum_dept@mdhs.org), fax (410-385-2105) or mail:

Museum Division
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

All requests to view an object need to be made a minimum of three weeks in advance of your desired appointment date and are approved based on the availability of staff. The maximum number of objects viewed per visit will be determined by the staff after the request has been received. Viewing appointments last no more than 30 minutes.

FEES

Members – $40 per visit, members receive one appointment at no charge per year

Non-members - $50 per appointment

We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or money orders.

 

Donations

If you have an object or objects you want to donate to the MdHS, please complete an Object History Form and send it, along with a photograph. to the Chief Curator, Alexandra Deutsch, at museum_dept@mdhs.org, by fax to 410-385-2105, or by mail to:

Museum Division
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Please do not bring potential donations to the MdHS unless you have an appointment with a Museum staff member for that specific reason. The Visitor Services staff at the front desk is unable to accept donations.

Criteria for Donations: When considering the donation of an object to the MdHS, please note that all objects presented for accessioning must specifically relate to Maryland, have historic or artistic merit, and meet the criteria articulated in the MdHS’s Collections Policy.

Donation Process: All donations are finalized after receiving approval from the full Board of Trustees. The process of donating to the museum typically takes six months.

Appraisals: Appraisals associated with donations to the museum are the financial responsibility of the donor. Under the American Association of Museums Code of Ethics, museum employees are prohibited from providing appraisals and/or discussing the value of donations being offered to the institution. The following list of national organizations is provided to assist you in finding a qualified, professional appraiser: Appraisers Association of America, American Society of Appraisers, and International Society of Appraisers.