Museum Donation and Acquisition Process

All museum donation and bequest offers must be submitted to MACS' Executive Director for review with the appropriate UAlberta Museums collection.

University of Alberta Museums (UAlberta Museums) may acquire objects for their collections through several ways including donation, bequest, purchase, transfer, exchange, and field collecting. All potential museum acquisitions involve careful consideration of the collection's Acquisition Strategy and require approval from the collection's Department Chair, MACS' Executive Director, and/or the Provost and Vice-President (Academic). UAlberta Museums must not acquire objects outside of their Acquisition Strategy.

Academic Curators must contact MACS for assistance in processing all museum acquisitions with the exception of field collecting. MACS acts as a liaison during the museum acquisition process between other institutions, the Office of Insurance and Risk Management, the Office of Advancement, the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), and the Office of General Counsel. MACS assists in the completion of appraisals, donation agreements, and supporting documentation, and facilitates insurance updates and income tax receipt requests.


To submit a museum acquisition request, complete the following:

  1. Review Museum Objects and Collections Acquisition Procedure, FAQ: Acquisition of a New Museum Object, and the appropriate collection's Acquisition Strategy.
  2. Compile supporting documentation including Donation Offer Form, object information and justification for acquisition.
  3. Academic Curators must confirm in writing that resources are available to acquire and store objects.
  4. If the object(s) is on University of Alberta property, ensure a Deposit Receipt Form has been completed.
  5. Submit supporting documentation from steps 2 and 3 to MACS for review.
  6. If acquisition request is approved, complete drafts of the following documents and forward them to MACS for review:
  • Donation Agreement Form
  • Request to Apply for Certification of Cultural Property, if applicable
  • Copyright License Form, if applicable
  • Personal Information Consent Form
  • Insurance Update Form, if applicable.

If acquisition request is denied, complete draft Non-Acceptance of Offered Property Form and forward it to MACS for review.

Canadian Cultural Property Certification

MACS holds the Category A designation conferred by the Department of Canadian Heritage and has sole authority to submit applications for certification of cultural property on behalf of the University of Alberta.

To submit a request for cultural property certification to MACS, complete the following:

  1. Review Certification of Museum Objects and Collections as Cultural Property Procedure and FAQ: Cultural Property Certification.
  2. Complete the Request to Apply for Certification of Cultural Property Form.
  3. Submit the form and any supporting documentation to MACS.