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What does the Naperville Heritage Society collect?
The Naperville Heritage Society collects both two- and three-dimensional materials depicting Naperville's history from its founding in 1831 to the present day, including materials related to Naperville businesses, schools, families, etc. To date there are more than 60,000 items in the Museum Collection, including nearly 14,000 photographic images. The materials accepted into the museum's permanent collection are held in public trust and are preserved in perpetuity according to prevailing museum standards.

How do I donate an artifact?
If you are interested in making an artifact donation, please contact the Registrar at 630.548.1115 to discuss your potential donation and / or to set up an appointment for items review.

What happens after I contact the registrar?
Once you have made an appointment with the registrar to meet either at your home or at Naper Settlement and your materials are taken for consideration, a temporary custody receipt is completed for every potential donation. On this form are spaces to note donor name and contact information, object name and description, any known history of an item, a space to check whether or not you want your item back if it is declined and a space to sign and date the receipt form by both the donor and the registrar. A completed copy of this form is given to potential donors at the time items are dropped off or picked up. If you do not live in the Naperville area, it is recommended that you mail or email images of the material to the registrar. Once an items is offered for potential acquisition, it is added to a list of items to be discussed at an Acquisition Committee meeting. If an item does not fall within the scope for the museum collection, it potentially could be added to the reference or education collections. 

How long will it take for the museum to review my donation?
On average, the Acquisition Committee meets every six weeks. After the meeting, you will be notified by the registrar of the decision about your proffered donation. It should be noted that certain proffered donations require some additional research prior to Acquisition Committee review, which will delay the decision regarding the acquisition.


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