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Center for Dubuque History: Donations

Donation Policy

The Center for Dubuque History and Loras Archives (CDH/LCA) welcomes donations that support its mission to collect, describe, preserve, and make available enduring records of the College and Dubuque community, as well as primary source materials with enduring historical value for the study, teaching and research needs of Loras students, faculty and staff.  
Once a gift has been accepted from the donor, the gift becomes the property of the Center, and the Director will determine the most effective way to use the donation. Gifts of materials are accepted with the understanding that, once received, they are owned by the CDH/LCA. CDH/LCA reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to their use or disposition.

We generally do not accept conditional donations. Materials with restrictions on access or use will generally not be accepted. In some cases, materials of great research value with clearly stated restrictions of limited duration will be considered. Photocopies or scans of manuscripts or other original materials are generally not accepted. Individual leaves offered from multi-leaved manuscripts will be reviewed carefully and decisions made on a case-by-case basis.

Tax laws prohibit Library personnel from providing an estimate of the value of the donated materials. If a gift is monetarily valuable and the donor wishes to deduct the gift for tax purposes, the donor must have the gift appraised by a certified appraiser, complete IRS Form 8283, and send a copy of the form to the Library Director. 

The CDH/LCA reserves the right to duplicate, digitize, and make copies for the purposes of preservation, regardless of the copyright status of the item(s). We are unable to collect items where resources do not allow us to meet the collection’s space requirements or preservation needs.

Monetary donations are also welcome and help support:

  • the cataloging of materials,
  • the creation of displays,
  • community outreach,
  • preservation, conservation, and digitization of materials, and
  • equipment and software to support the activities of the CDH.

Donations can be made at or by check sent to the address to the right. To discuss specific projects or activities you would like to fund, please get in touch with Heidi at


Summer 2022 Hours:

May 23 to July 15

Monday: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

July 18 to August 29

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to Noon

Other hours by appointment

The CDH/LCA is closed when the Library is closed. Please check the Library Hours page for dates we will be closed or open for limited hours.

Contact Information


Phone: 563-588-7163

Mail: 1450 Alta Vista St,
         Dubuque, IA 52001

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