Our objects and archives tell a story about people and places in coastal southwest Alaska. We are grateful to you for thinking of the Kodiak Historical Society & Baranov Museum as a potential home for your treasures.

As we plan for the future, prudent development of our artifact collection is especially important. The Acquisitions Committee, comprised of Historical Society staff and community volunteers, meets three times a year to evaluate and make decisions on donations. Decisions are based on your object’s history and significance to the history of the Kodiak Island region, and its relationship to artifacts already in our collection.

Randolph Letterman Sweater

Martha Delores Olsen Randolph was born in Kodiak in 1933 and graduated from Kodiak High School in 1951. Martha lived in Kodiak all her life and was an active and important part of the Kodiak community. Martha’s letterman sweater was donated by her daughter.

To help us in this important decision-making process we ask that you complete our Object Evaluation Questionnaire. You may not be able to answer all of the questions, but the more information you can give us, the better our decision will be. Museum staff would be happy to assist you with the questionnaire. Please visit us, email our Curator of Collections at collections@baranovmuseum.org or call 907-486-5920 for assistance.

Archives Donations: Photographs, Books, Manuscripts and other Documents

The Baranov Museum Archives accepts donations of original materials documenting the history of the Kodiak Island region. Examples of the types of materials preserved in the Archives include letters, photographs, diaries, unpublished memoirs and manuscripts, all forms of two dimensional artwork, original tape recordings, original film and video footage and architectural drawings.

Our Archivist is responsible for the preservation, care and public access of the materials in the archives. If you have questions about your materials, or are interested in donating items, please contact the archivist at archives@baranovmuseum.org or by calling (907) 486-5909.

For more information about donations to the collections and archives, please see the forms below.  If you would like to donate objects or archival material, please contact us before sending any items.  Thank you.

For Archival Donations:

Explanation of Deed Gift

Archive Deed of Gift

For Object Donations

Collections Temporary Custody

Object Evaluation Questionnaire