ARTIFACT DONATION

THE MUSEUM WILL COLLECT IN THREE CATEGORIES

  • Items that specifically relate to artists, musicians, etc.
  • Generic music objects
  • Objects to use as props and for education purposes

We are looking for items within specific genres that will supplement our designed galleries. Some items may be generic in nature; however, often times, people begin to think about items and discover hidden gems relating to specific artists, events or time periods.

What if your mother kept your grandfather’s cuff links in his treasured jewelry box, which happens to contain a white handkerchief that Louis Armstrong used when he played his trumpet? That type of ‘find’ would be a phenomenal addition to NMAAM’s efforts to tell the story of American culture through the music created, influenced or impacted by African Americans. If you wish to donate artifacts or have questions, please send an email to info@nmaam.org.

CLICK THROUGH THE CATEGORIES BELOW TO VIEW THE TYPES
OF ARTIFACTS THAT YOU MAY DONATE TO NMAAM

› African

  • Drums
  • Lutes
  • Xylophone
  • Dance Wang
  • Mask
› African American Artifacts (Pre-Civil War):

  • Drums
  • Banjo
  • Fiddle
  • Hip bone
  • Jugs
  • Tin tub
  • Kazoo
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Spoons
  • Diddley bow
  • Wash tub bass
  • Rub board
› Spirituals (Post-Civil War):

  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Piano
  • Harmonica
  • Tuba
  • Trombone
  • Mutes, bottleneck
  • Play Bills
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Keyboard
  • Turntable
› Gospel:

  • Guitar
  • Sheet music
  • Choir robe
  • Programs
  • Record labels
  • Period newspapers
  • Original sheet music
  • Hymnal
  • Religious publications
  • Flyers
  • Video
› Blues:

  • Civil War items
  • Freedman’s Bureau document
  • Sharecropper’s labor contract
  • “Whites Only” sign
  • “Colored Only” sign
  • Hymnal
  • Sheet music
  • Motown, Stax, Decca
  • Juke Box
  • Minstrel flyer, program, poster
  • USO poster
  • WWI/WWI items
  • TOBA
  • Vaudeville
  • Sharecropper’s tools
  • Depression, WPA poster
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Chicago Defender newspaper
  • KKI materials
  • Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
  • Image of lynching
  • 708 Club program
  • Nashville’s “Night Train”
  • Grammys
  • Civil Rights materials
  • Electric guitar
  • Bass
  • Costumes
› Jazz:

  • Trumpet
  • Saxophone
  • Drums
  • Bass/Electric guitar
  • Bandstand
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Nightclub programs
  • Posters
  • House party flyers
  • Newspaper ads
  • Costumes
  • Club items
› Rhythm & Blues:

  • Drums
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Keyboard
  • Sheet music
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • “Soul Train” Memorabilia
  • Segregation signs
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Billboard charts
  • Period dress
  • 45 records and covers
› Hip-Hop:

  • Drums
  • Turn table
  • LP records
  • Recording Systems
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Artwork
  • Graffiti
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • MP3

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