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DONATING A COLLECTION OR ITEMS

Repositories

The Urantia Book Historical Society serves as a donor organization to the university and seeks donations of records.

Information for the donation of records

The UBHS welcomes having the opportunity of acquiring historical records. If you need help with the cost of shipping please call us. We serve as a donating organization to the university. We invite prospective donors, both persons and organizations, to telephone to discuss our policies and procedures for donation.
(805) 525-4447

Donors often ask us what kinds of historical materials we wish to acquire. Examples of appropriate types are listed below:
Personal Papers
Letters
Diaries or journals
Passports, birth certificates, marriage records
Scrapbook materials, graduation certificates, programs, invitations, other documentary mementos, obituaries, newspaper clippings
Recorded or written oral history interviews or memoirs
Legal records, such as wills, estate materials, deeds, court records, contracts
Photographs and photo albums

Printed Materials
Newspapers, books, pamphlets, posters, broadsides, and maps

Literary Productions/Writings
Essays, poetry, and fiction
Reminiscences or memoirs
Speeches

Organizational Records
Charters, membership rosters, meeting minutes, agendas, programs
Correspondence
Newsletters
Brochures
Annual reports
Legal records, such as contracts, constitution, bylaws
Ephemera, such as flyers, calendars, schedules, posters, menus, business cards
Photographs or photo albums

Religious Materials
Prayer, ceremonies, rituals, programs
Sound materials: Music on disc, cassette tape, DVDs Mp3 files or sheet music

Donors sometimes are eligible to take a tax deduction for the market value of the materials they donate, and the UBHS advises prospective donors to consult their attorney or tax advisor for information on the possible advantages of this form of charitable giving. The market value of gifted materials is best established by the donor hiring an outside, independent appraiser who will evaluate the collection to establish market value. UBHS cannot make this evaluation. The IRS requires this outside, independent appraisal if the appraised value of a gift is greater than $5000. Additionally, the IRS requires that the UBHS sign IRS Form 8283 acknowledging receipt of the gift.