Donation Policies

Thank you for your interest in donating archival materials to the Hanford History Project.

Please note that:

The Hanford History Project accepts offers of donation via email, telephone, or mail sent to:

Washington State University Tri-Cities
ATTN: Hanford History Project
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA, 99354

We ask that you provide a detailed description of the material you wish to donate, the quantity, and your contact information. Please note that we do not acquire very small donations (e.g., a single document or several photographs) unless they are truly unique or of singular historical value.

All donation offers are handled during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:00) and must be reviewed by Project staff before they can be accepted. Someone will respond to your offer within ten (10) business days if the material you wish to donate falls within our collection development policy.

Unsolicited donations (including drop-offs) may be returned to you or disposed of at the discretion of the Hanford History Project.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All gifts, regardless of donor, may be subject to review by Mission Support Alliance, Department of Energy Richland Operations Office, or any other relevant government agencies, contractors, or subcontractors. Materials found to contain information that is classified or otherwise unavailable for public viewing will become the property of the Department of Energy and will not be released to the owner or to WSU Tri-Cities.

Contact Us

photo of Robert Franklin
Robert FranklinAssistant Director, Hanford History ProjectICB 137509-372-7678

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of materials so you accept?

The Hanford History Project accepts collections of unique and primary-source materials that document the activities of the Hanford Site and surrounding area. Our primary interest is in original documents, manuscripts, photographic images, sound recordings, moving images, and oral histories created or maintained by pre-Manhattan Project residents, WWII, Cold War, and cleanup era workers, their families, and area residents. Please note that we do not acquire very small donations (e.g., a single document or several photographs) unless they are truly unique or of singular historical value.

What don't you accept?

We generally do not accept the following categories of materials:

  • Periodicals: newspapers, journals, and magazine (including magazine special editions);
  • Books (including commemorative books) and personal libraries;
  • Tributes, poems, or songs;
  • Mass-produced materials such as advertisements, pamphlets, and brochures;
  • Photocopies or digital facsimiles of original materials (including those from other archives);
  • Personal scrapbooks (including newsclipping scrapbooks);
  • Materials that are too fragile to service to researchers or require extensive conservation;
  • Materials that have mold, mildew, pest, or other potentially harmful infestations; or
  • Organic materials.
How much is my material worth?

As a state institution the Hanford History Project cannot purchase materials, provide monetary appraisals, or recommend individual appraisers. Should you wish to have your materials appraised, you must do so prior to donating them to the Project.

How will I know you received my donation?

All pre-approved donations will be acknowledged formally upon receipt, usually by letter. Please note that all unsolicited donations will be acknowledged at the discretion of the Project archivist.

Will my donation be exhibited?

We cannot guarantee that donations will be placed on display and we are unable to accept donations requiring this stipulation.

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