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Do you have documents or photographs that tell the story of your family or Port Washington? Help us to preserve Port’s history by donating materials relating to the many facets of life in our community. The History Center welcomes donations of materials relating to the Port Washington community, it’s local environs, and to a lesser extend, New York City. Please note the the Library’s collection policy does not allow us to accept (by gift or purchase) objects or collections with restrictions. All donations are considered on a case by case basis. Please see our Collection Policy to better understand what type of materials the History Center collects.

MATERIALS WE DO NOT COLLECT

Home Movies and Amateur Films
The History Center does not accept donations of home movies and amateur films for the collection. 

Photocopies and Duplicates

Photocopies of materials held in other repositories unless access to originals is limited.

Photocopies or other reproductions of original materials, unless the originals are no longer in existence or are unavailable to the public; however, quality facsimile editions are welcomed when originals cannot be acquired.

Duplicates of materials already in the History Center, unless the duplicate is in better condition.

Research Notes

Research notes, unless included as a sub-unit of a collection of related primary material or largely focused on local genealogy.

Current local, state and federal government records.

Autographs (signatures with no historically significant information), in most  cases.

Large collections unrelated to the History Center or Library’s mission or  to existing holdings.

Materials in poor condition requiring extensive conservation or  materials  posing risk to existing collections.

Gifts to the History Center can be made in many ways. For more information  please contact us at (516) 883-4400 ext. 1409, or localhistory@pwpl.org. Please provide us with as much detail as possible about the materials you wish to donate.  For additional information on how to donate historic family collections, please see the Society of American Archivists  Donation Guide.