How to Donate to the American Haiku Archives
The American Haiku Archives would not exist without the generous donation of books, papers, and other materials from interested individuals and groups. If you are considering a donation of your haiku materials, or materials from an estate for which you are a family member, friend, or an executor, the following guidance covers how to make a donation and the forms to include, and explains potential tax benefits.
Don’t throw away any haiku-related materials
If you are processing the estate of a loved one, or just want to clean out your garage or attic, we implore you not to throw out or destroy any papers, magazines, correspondence, notebooks, drafts, photographs, artwork, recordings, ephemera, or any other materials relating to haiku and other poetry. These materials are very welcome at the American Haiku Archives, in addition to books, and can help to paint the picture of the person’s life, and can give future researchers insights into the person’s perspectives and achievements in haiku. If you are uncertain as to the historical value of the materials under your care, or might need financial assistance to cover the shipping of materials to the archives, please contact the advisory board for guidance.
While we may not be able to provide financial assistance for shipping, we would rather know about your situation than to lose an historically valuable donation. The American Haiku Archives is not able to purchase collections, libraries, or papers, but may be able to raise funds needed to ship materials that would otherwise be lost or destroyed.
To make a donation
To help you with your donation, please download the donation form (various formats available below) and follow its instructions on donating materials. The form is a sample that you can print out and write on if you are donating just a few items, or you can use the form as a guideline for the information we need when you make your donation. You are welcome to list materials on separate sheets of paper, and they do not all have to use the form, but please do provide all the information requested (do send at least one signed form).
Please communicate your intentions to make donations to the AHA Advisory Board, so that they can assist and answer your questions. The actual donation and completed form will go directly to the California State Library.
Search the archives
Because the library may already have specific books that you are interested in donating, please search the online catalog to see if the collection already includes them. If in doubt, please send the material anyway, or consult with an advisory board member or the California State Library staff. And if the copies of particular books are unusual in any way, such as being rare or first editions, are signed or inscribed, or if they contain notes that shed light on the owner’s perspective on the book or its content, please send those books also, even if they are duplicates, with an explanation of why you are sending them.
Depending where you live, you may derive tax deductions or other estate benefits from your donation. Please consult with your attorney or, if necessary, with the California State Library staff.
According to A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository, published by the Society of American Archivists:
In certain circumstances, it may be possible for a donor to take a tax deduction for the donation of a manuscript collection to a repository. Donors are encouraged to speak with their tax accountants or attorneys about this possibility. Curators cannot give tax advice, nor are they permitted to appraise the monetary value of a collection.
See the web version of A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository.