Add your single artifact or large collection to our collections

and take your place in history!

Every year, new photographs, archives and artifacts are added to the Delaware County Historical Society collections through the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations.  These donations help us fulfill our mission to promote and sustain interest in the history of Delaware County, Ohio, through historic preservation.

We Collect

Items made in, used in, or about or by – Delaware City/County.  At the moment we are very interested in items from 1800 – 1850.

Dental Cabinet -

Mr. Nicholas Wagner made this dentist cabinet prior to 1890.

Objects: Clothing, toys, tools, furniture, memorabilia, personal items, etc.

1913 Family Reunion - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

1913 photo of the Williams/Lewis family reunion, at the Pugh farm.

Photos: Especially identified photos but old photos of places in Delaware City/County are very welcome. We may be able to identify some. We are happy to receive photos on loan to digitize and return the lender with a digital copy of the photo.

1800's Day Books - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware, Ohio

Day books from the S.P. Shur Company purveyor of dry goods, 1854—1890s

Archives: Records created by local organizations, businesses, government, and reminisces of Delaware City/County residents, unpublished manuscripts, etc.

Railway History Book - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

History of the Columbus, Delaware, and Marion electric railway.

Books: About Delaware City/County or by Delaware Residents





Why We Do This:

  • Answer Questions about the history of the county
  • Write articles about the history of Delaware County
  • Create instructional materials for teachers
  • Set exhibits at the Hair Studio in Delaware, Nash House Museum, and the Meeker House Museum
  • Preserve the history of the County
  • Share the history of Delaware with children

Frequently asked questions:

[accordion clicktoclose=true tag=”h4″][accordion-item title=”Does the Delaware County Historical Society do appraisals and will they appraise my donation for monetary value?”]The Society does not provide appraisals for any reason as the Internal Revenue Service regards museums and libraries as interested parties and thus to appraise an item is a conflict of interest. However, professional appraisers do perform this service for a fee. To find a licensed appraiser in your area, contact the American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the Appraisers Association of America for a referral[/accordion-item]

[accordion-item title=”Can I receive a tax deduction for my donation?”]All donations accepted by the Delaware County Historical Society are considered charitable contributions to a not-for-profit organization.[/accordion-item]
[accordion-item title=”How are potential donations received?”]Donation offers are reviewed by the Society Collections Committee. The Committee is made up of volunteers and local historians knowledgeable about both the scope of our existing collection as well as the conservation issues associated with artifact care. The Committee sends out a letter of acceptance after the artifact has been reviewed; this process can take from one to four months.[/accordion-item]
[accordion-item title=”Does the Delaware County Historical Society accept long-term loans?”]The Society does not accept long-term loans unless an exhibit requires such an artifact. The Society often accepts short term loans for specific exhibits or programs; we prefer to commit our resources to the storage and preservation of materials in the collection.[/accordion-item]
[accordion-item title=”If I donate an artifact to the Delaware County Historical Society, will it be returned to me at my request?”]After an artifact is accessioned and becomes a part of the Delaware County Historical Society collection, it cannot be returned to the donor. Once the Collections Committee accepts your donation for the collection, your Deed of Gift form legally transfers ownership of the artifact to the Society.[/accordion-item][/accordion]

Tell us what you would like to donate; send us an email E-mail Us or Call us 740-369-3831