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Policy for Donations to the Archives

LSUS Archives and Special Collections seeks donations of written, visual, and audible records that pertain to the history of northwest Louisiana and the Ark-La-Tex area as well as the history of LSU-Shreveport itself. Materials donated to the Archives are arranged and indexed to make them easy to use. They are secured against deterioration and theft; patrons use them under close supervision. The Archives prefers to receive materials as gifts, although, under special circumstances, loans may be arranged. All donations will become part of LSUS Archives for use in exhibits and for research. The Archives requires that a donor agreement be executed assigning all right and title to LSUS, including copyright and literary rights. Archival holdings are generally open to interested users. Therefore, the donor should discuss any sensitive material with the archivist at the time of the donation. Should the donor wish to reserve certain rights or place conditions on the gift, he or she should discuss terms of the donation with the Archivist prior to signing a donor agreement.

Some donors may be able to claim tax deductions for the value of their gifts. In such cases donors will need to obtain an independent appraisal. Although Archives staff does not make appraisals, the archivist may be able to provide the names of professional appraisers. Donations may be made by contacting the Archivist, Laura Lyons McLemore, or a member of the LSUS Archives staff at (318) 797-5378 or by e-mailing libarchives@lsus.edu.

For more detailed information on becoming a donor, see our Donor Guide.