The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum acquires artifacts and archival materials through donations. When considering potential donations, CSPM staff consult our institution’s mission, Collections Policy, and Collecting Plan to ensure that each addition to the collection supports the Museum’s mission to build a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak Region by preserving and sharing our cultural history.
The Donation Process
- Please complete our Donation Form below or contact collection staff to discuss your donation.
- Collections staff will arrange an appointment with you to review your donation. Unfortunately, we cannot accept donations without an appointment.
- Once a donation arrives, our Acquisitions Committee will review it for acceptance based on three criteria: 1) The item supports the CSPM mission 2) the CSPM can adequately care for, house, and potentially exhibit the item 3) A duplicate does not already exist in the CSPM Collection. The Acquisitions Committee is made up of museum staff, board members and members of the public.
- After the item is accepted by the Acquisitions Committee, it is accessioned into the collection. Accessioning is a process by which the donated materials are added to the collection and become property of the City of Colorado Springs through a signed Deed of Gift.
Please note that the Museum cannot perform appraisals due to potential conflict of interest per Internal Revenue Service regulations. Qualified appraisers can be found here www.appraisers.org.