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Read the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library's Guide to Donating Materials.

The Franklin Research Center relies on the support of private donors to continue its mission. We consider donors partners in furthering our work and staff members welcome inquiries from individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the center’s holdings or supporting its programs in other ways. 

There are two important ways donors can contribute to the Franklin Research Center, as follows:

Financial Gifts

Financial donations are used to support collecting and programming initiatives of the center including:

  • Purchasing a manuscript, rare book or other archival materials that furthers our mission as a leading research center for the study of the history and culture of Africa and the African diaspora in the Americas
  • Providing important programming, such as hosting stimulating lectures and symposia, curating dynamic exhibitions and holding film screenings to engage the public at large in advancing scholarship and understanding of the center's mission
  • Supporting research fellowships and cultivating diversity in archives and special collections through internships and graduate fellowships. 

Donate your collection

To find out if your collection, books or other materials are appropriate gifts for the Franklin Research Center, please email Director John B. Gartrell.