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Donate historical materials

Thank you for thinking of the Iowa Women’s Archives. Gifts-in-kind enhance and enrich the collections of the Archives. They often represent materials that are otherwise impossible to obtain.

The Iowa Women’s Archives was established to collect, organize, preserve, and make available the personal papers and organizational records of Iowa women.  These materials have enduring value for historical study; researchers today and in the future will benefit from their preservation. The archives collects papers by and about women from all walks of life as well as records of their clubs and organizations.  Any items that reflect the experience of Iowa women are of interest.  The archives defines “Iowa women” as those who were born or educated in Iowa or resided here for some part of their lives.

Materials Wanted
The types of materials collected include but are not limited to the following.  If you don’t see something on the list, please ask us about it.

  • correspondence
  • diaries and journals
  • reminiscences
  • speeches
  • publications
  • lectures
  • photographs
  • reports
  • minutes
  • subject files
  • scrapbooks
  • motion picture film
  • audio and video tape
  • oral history interviews

Papers need not be organized prior to donation.  Archives staff will arrange the papers and create a guide to the collection.

How to Donate
Please contact the Archives by phone (319) 335-5068 or by email lib-women@uiowa.edu to discuss potential donations.

Conditions of Acceptance
Any gift-in-kind becomes the property of the University of Iowa Libraries.

Tax Information
The following information, summarized from Internal Revenue Service publications, provides basic guidelines pertaining to tax deductions for donors of gifts-in-kind. It is not intended to serve as a complete account of the requirements or limitations covering tax deductible gifts. Donors should consult a tax expert for specific questions about charitable deductions for gifts-in-kind.

Generally, the fair market value of a gift-in-kind is deductible. If the donation is valued at more than $5000, the donor must obtain a qualified appraisal and submit an appraisal summary with the return claiming the deduction. A copy of the appraisal must also be given to the Libraries. Federal regulations do not permit the Libraries to give appraisals or estimates of value. Upon request the Libraries will provide a list of independent appraisers for consideration by the donor. To find additional information from the IRS about gifts-in-kind go to www.irs.gov and look up Form 8283.