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Donating to the Archives

Donating to Seton Hall Archives and Museum Collections


Both museums and archives preserve evidence of human activity. The Seton Hall University Museum and Art Collections and the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center work closely together to preserve collections. Usually objects are associated with museums and paper or photographs with archives. This policy outlines how objects will be judged for inclusion in either the University’s archival or museum collections. Objects will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis using the definitions below, but first and foremost will be the consideration of the balance of expertise in cataloging and preserving the item.


Archival materials: Information objects (including certain artifacts) created by individuals and organizations with ongoing evidential value to the organization and society, serving as a basis for historical research, legal evidence, organizational knowledge, and personal and collective memory.

  • Evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control; permanent records.
  • Documents formed as part of official transactions and preserved for official reference.

To donate materials to the Archives & Special Collections Center, refer to our Collecting Policy for more information or Contact the Archives.


Artifact: Anything that is an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

  • Man-made items distinct from natural specimens.
  • Preserved as records, documenting a design or function.
  • Distinguishes three-dimensional materials from two-dimensional archival materials.
  • Made or modified by humans (tools, objects for personal adornment, art*, ceremonial or ritual objects).

*Art: an aesthetic physical item or artistic creation.  These terms apply principally to tangible, portable forms of visual art, or anything made by a human being of artistic and/or cultural merit.

Contact the Walsh Gallery for information on donating to the University Museum and Art Collections.


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