Donate to the Smithsonian Institution Archives


Make A Donation

Your donation makes a difference! It brings us one step closer to achieving our goals. Learn about other ways you can give to the Archives.*

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Why Give

We invite you to help the Smithsonian Institution Archives continue to grow in its mission and purpose to capture, preserve, and share with the public the history of this extraordinary Institution. Your support will allow us to continue our work in preserving the treasures of the Archives and the stories of the Smithsonian’s seriously amazing contributions to history and science, technology, art, and culture. The history of the Smithsonian is a vital part of American history, of scientific exploration, and of international cultural understanding.

Contact Us

To learn more about giving to the Smithsonian Institution Archives, contact*:

Smithsonian Institution Archives
MRC 507
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012

*Please note: For inquiries regarding donation of artifacts (objects) or archival materials (photos, documents, etc.), please visit our guidelines.

How to Give


Cash gifts entitle the donor to a charitable tax deduction of up to 50% of the donor’s adjusted gross income. Gifts of cash are easy to make either online with a credit card, with a check by mail, or via electronic funds transfer (EFT). If you are planning a donation via EFT or wire transfer, please let us know of your intent and we will send you the necessary banking information. If you plan on sending your donation by mail, please fill out and enclose this form (Note: In order to access this PDF, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader software which is available free of charge).


A gift of securities owned more than one year can often be the most attractive and financially beneficial way to support the Archives. A charitable tax deduction can be taken for up to 30% of the donor’s adjusted gross income, using the fair market value of the stock on the gift date. If you are planning a donation of securities please let us know prior to making the gift.

Personal Property

Other assets may be given to the Archives as well. Assets to consider include artifacts, real estate, mutual funds, and closely held stock. Personal property can be given outright, bequeathed, or used to fund a planned gift. Please contact us directly about personal property gifts.

In Kind Support

Examples of in-kind support are donated equipment, goods & services. If you have any questions about donating to the Archives, please contact us.