Howard Community College acknowledges that it has an institutional responsibility for its various collections, including art, musical instruments, rare books, etc., and that it oversees the collections in public trust.  It will, therefore, endeavor to conserve the collections for posterity while making the collections accessible to the public, particularly to students, faculty, and staff.

General Responsibilities

All donation inquiries for Howard Community College (HCC) collections should be directed to the executive director of the HCC Educational Foundation, Inc. (HCCEF).  Depending on the nature of the donated collectible, the appropriate collection committee will be convened.

  • Artwork: chair of the arts and humanities division, the director of visual arts, and the director of the art galleries.
  • Musical instruments:  chair of the arts and humanities division, the director of music, and one other music faculty member.
  • Rare books:  director of the library, the associate vice president of academic affairs, and one faculty member.
  • Other collectibles:  other committees will be established as appropriate.

Responsibility for recommendations for acceptance of an object for entry into an HCC collection rests with the appointed collection committee.

The appropriate collection committee shall make recommendations to the president of the college for the accession of objects into the HCC collection.  The final authority for the accession of any artwork or collectible resides with the president.

Objects may be added to an HCC collection by means of gifts, bequests, purchases, exchanges, or any approved transactions by which title to the objects passes to the college.

Donor Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the donor desiring a tax deduction to obtain an independent appraisal and for submitting this evaluation to the HCCEF.  The college reserves the right to obtain its own appraisal.  The costs of appraisals obtained by the college are the responsibility of the college.

All approved donated objects are to be accompanied by an appropriate written confirmation of title transfer (gift in-kind form).  Title to all objects acquired for the collection should be obtained free and clear without restrictions as to use, accession or future disposition, or encumbered by conditions set by the donor.

Criteria and Conditions for Determining Acquisitions

  • Acquisitions will be accepted only in accordance with this policy and upon the recommendation of the appropriate collection committee.  The college will not be responsible for objects acquired without its prior approval.
  • The president reserves the right to decline a recommended acquisition on the basis of acquisition criteria, collecting areas, or resource limitations.
  • The college reserves the right to determine the placement of the object and the duration of such placement.
  • The following criteria will be considered prior to the acquisition of any object:
    • How the objects contribute to the integrity of or enhance existing collections.
    • The usefulness of the objects for teaching, with emphasis on lasting value. The objects should possess aesthetic merit based upon historical significance, social significance and/or importance of artist.
    • The condition of objects.
    • The ability of the college to provide for the storage, protection, preservation, and appropriate display of the objects.

Restrictions Which Tend to Preclude Acquisitions

  • Uncertain legal title and provenance.
  • A condition of perpetual exhibition or ownership.
  • Unreasonable limits on deaccessioning.
  • Unreasonable conditions for special care or storage.

College Responsibilities

A letter of gratitude to the donor will be prepared by the appropriate collection committee for the president’s signature, with a copy to the HCCEF office.

A copy of the gift in-kind form and a formal acknowledgment letter through the college’s development office will be sent to the donor and operate as an official receipt for the donor’s purposes. These documents will set forth an adequate description of the objects and the condition of the transfer as a gift.

The objects will be properly recorded and cataloged.

Objects received from a donor who has received a tax deduction will be retained by the college for the period specified by current rulings of the Internal Revenue Service before deaccessioning is considered.

HCC collections will be insured in accordance with appraised or estimated value.

Ongoing maintenance and care of the object will occur.

Acquisitions Procedures

The HCCEF is responsible for completing and maintaining the following database information for objects added to permanent collections:

  • Completion of an accession record that consists of the following:
    • Accession number;
    • Date and nature of acquisition (gift, purchase, bequest);
    • Source of acquisition;
    • Identifying information (for example, artist or author, title, medium, dimensions);
    • Condition;
    • Provenance;
    • Value; and
    • Name of staff member recording accession.
  • Create a file for each object that consists of the following:
    • Copy of letter of gratitude from the president;
    • Copy of formal letter of acknowledgment/gift in-kind form from the HCCEF;
    • Appraisal;
    • Accession record;
    • Artist biography, if applicable;
    • Photograph print/transparency; and
    • Location.

Potential Criteria and Conditions for Determining Deaccessioning

Objects in HCC collections should be retained permanently if they continue to be relevant and useful to the purposes and activities of the college, and if they can be properly stored, and preserved.  Potential criteria and conditions for determining deaccessioning include:

  • The objects duplicate a better example and/or are redundant.
  • The objects have deteriorated beyond usefulness.
  • The objects cannot be properly preserved, stored, or exhibited.
  • The objects are not relevant and useful to the purposes and activities of the college.
  • The college has a clear and unrestricted title to the objects.

Guidelines for the Process of Deaccessioning

Deaccessioning of objects will be considered when the above conditions no longer prevail and deaccession is not prohibited under the terms of accession.

No member of the college staff, board of trustees, or collection committee shall personally profit from any transaction involving the sale or exchange of objects in the collection.

Deaccessioning Procedures

The appropriate collection committee shall make recommendations to the president of the college for the deaccessioning of objects.

Objects may be deaccessioned through sale at public auction, donation, or exchange to other nonprofit or educational institutions.

The president and/or the executive director of the HCCEF should inform the donor, if known, of the potential disposition of the objects.  The original donor should be acknowledged for their generosity with regard to the activities accomplished due to the funds realized from the sale of objects.

The IRS requires that notice be given (Form 8282) to both the IRS and the donor if an object is deaccessioned within two years of donation and if the college is on notice that the donor obtained a qualified appraisal with regard to donation.

Policy Manual Review/Revision:  09/10/10