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Donate an Artifact

Have you ever thought about donating an artifact to the WDM?  Do you have something you think should be part of the WDM Collection? New artifact donations help us better tell the story of Saskatchewan and its people by filling gaps in our collection. Most of our artifacts are received as donations from the public.  You can find out more about our collections by visiting our Collections page.

To donate an artifact to the WDM, please review the criteria below and complete this form.

 

How to donate an artifact

    What to Tell Us
    The more information you can tell us about your object, the better. Who used it? How and where did they use it? Who made it? How did you come to have it? What Saskatchewan story does it tell? We also need to know the object is in good condition and free from contaminants like mold, unsafe chemicals or hazardous materials such as asbestos.


    Send Us Pictures
    Digital photographs of the object will help us evaluate your offer. Please send an image of what the object looks like today. Historical photographs of the object in use, or of the people who used it, are also valuable. If your object is accepted, we would be grateful for copies of these photos and the permission to use them in exhibitions, publications and online.


    What Happens Next
    Your offer will be evaluated by the WDM Curatorial Department. We will check to make sure the condition of the object is suitable, whether or not we have similar objects already in the collection and determine if it meets the WDM’s needs. A staff member will contact you with the decision, usually within two to four weeks. Please understand that our capacity to collect is limited and we cannot accept all offers.


    How Old Does it Have to Be?
    An object does not have to be an antique to be of interest to the WDM. We collect artifacts that were made right up to the present day.


    What Do We Collect?
    The WDM has evolved to become much more than an agricultural implement museum. We collect artifacts that show the diversity of the Saskatchewan spirit. We are interested in artifacts that represent who we are, tell a Saskatchewan-inspired story, depict an historic event or illustrate our skills and innovation.


    The WDM has lots of settler artifacts.
    Unless your settler object has an exceptional story, chances are we will gratefully decline it. We recommend checking with other museums in Saskatchewan to see if they would be interested in your offer of the following types of objects:

    • 1920s vehicles
    • Adding machines/calculators
    • Aprons
    • Basic hand tools
    • Bibles
    • Binders
    • Buffalo fur coats
    • Butter churns
    • Button hooks
    • Cameras
    • Cash registers
    • Children’s books
    • Christening/baptism gowns
    • Clocks
    • Cream separators
    • Crocks
    • Dictionaries
    • Dinnerware
    • Doilies
    • Dolls
    • Encyclopedia sets
    • Early wedding dresses
    • Fanning mills
    • Furs
    • Glass insulators
    • Looms
    • Magazines
    • Milk bottles
    • Newspapers
    • Nightgowns
    • Pianos
    • “Pioneer” dresses
    • Player piano rolls
    • Portable engines
    • Pump organs
    • Razors
    • Scythes
    • Sad irons
    • Separators
    • Sewing machines
    • Sewing patterns
    • Shawls
    • Sickles
    • Steam engines
    • Stuffed animals
    • Threshing machines
    • Train sets
    • Trophies
    • Trunks
    • Typewriters
    • Wagons/buggies
    • Wash boards
     


    The Paperwork
    If your object is accepted by the WDM, we will send you a donation agreement which transfers unrestricted ownership to the WDM. Come in to sign the form or return the signed copy by mail. We are unable to accept loans or donations with limiting conditions such as requiring the artifact to go on exhibit.


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