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Women's Museum of California

Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future

Donate to the Library & Archive

Thank you for considering a donation to the Women's Museum of California. Your tax-deductible donation supports the organization's mission to collect, preserve, document, and make available materials that inspire and educate present and future generations about women's history.

We are interested in receiving materials that are historically significant, authentic, in excellent condition, and connected to women's history in California.

Potential donors should contact Julia Friedman, the museum's Collections Manager, to confirm that the materials are within the scope and mission of the collections prior to bringing their donation to the museum. Contact information is provided below. If you contact the Collections Manager by e-mail, please provide as much of the following information that you can where applicable:

  • A description of the artifact you are offering to donate (What do you know about the history of the artifact, measurements, type of material, etc.)
  • How is the artifact related to women’s history in California?
  • When and how did you acquire the artifact?
  • Please describe the condition of the artifact, and how it has been stored.
  • If you can, please provide a few photographs of the artifact.

Drop-in donations are not permitted. Only the Collections Manager can accept donations. An appointment with the Collections Manager MUST be scheduled before donations are brought in and transferred over to the museum's custody.

Although appreciated, the Women's Museum of California cannot accept all offered donations. Reasons for not accepting a donation include relevance to the museum's mission, duplication of existing items in the collection, physical space constraints, provenance, or condition.  The Women's Museum of California cannot guarantee that all donated items will be displayed in our gallery.

If accepted, donated items will become part of the museum's permanent collection. You will receive a Deed of Gift in the mail, which should be signed and returned to the museum. Establishment of the monetary value of the donation is the responsibility of the donor. The Women's Museum of California does not offer appraisals.

Please allow two to four weeks for a response to your donation request.

Contact Information:

         Julia Friedman


(619) 233-7963

2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 16, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92106