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There are various ways to give to the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. We most appreciate donations of historical items from our wish list for the collection, but also accept monetary donations for the care and future development of our collections.  

Learn about the ways in which you can support the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry.

Making a Donation 

Interested in making a donation to the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry? Please take a moment to fill out a donation form.

You can also contact the Curator by US mail (address below in footer), e-mail ( or phone (734-763-0767) to discuss your proposed donation. Only the Curator may accept historical items for the Museum collection. If you leave an item with other staff in the Dentistry Building without the involvement of the curator, there is no guarantee that those items will be accepted into the Museum collection or even acknowledged. Such items may be disposed of.

Make a descriptive list of the items you are offering
Take photos of the items you wish to donate so that they may be evaluated for addition to our collection. If you have a digital camera, this makes the process simple so you can attach the images to an e-mail message. Or, you may send a CD or prints in the mail along with the descriptive listing and historical information about who used the items. 

The history of the owner or user of the items helps us bring dental items "to life" for the Museum visitor. This information could make or break acceptance of an item into the Museum, so gather up any factual information about the original owner: name, place of use, dates of use, place of education, and any other interesting information about the original owner or their importance in their community.

Once a Gift is acceptable to the Museum
All gifts accepted by the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry become the property of the Museum, which reserves the right to determine the use and disposition of the gifts.  Materials accepted as gifts cannot be returned to donors, and the Museum does not guarantee all items added will be exhibited or retained permanently. A Museum Gift Agreement form transferring ownership must be signed as well as the Donor Tax-Deduction Questionaire and returned to the curator.

Appraisals of the Gift-in-kind
A gift-in-kind to the Sindecuse Museum may require a qualified appraisal should you seek an income tax-deduction. Seeking an appraiser and contracting their services is the responsibility of the donor. By law, the Museum may not appraise gifts nor participate in an appraisal.  Qualified appraisers can be found by contacting the American Society of Appraisers.

Instructions for donors seeking IRS tax-deduction
For those seeking an IRS tax-deduction, a “fair market value” must be entered on the Donor Tax-Deduction Questionaire that accompanies a gift agreement form. “Fair Market Value” is defined by IRS as “the price a willing, knowledgeable buyer would pay a willing, knowledgeable seller, when neither has to buy or sell”.

If your contribution is valued at more than $500 and you wish to take a Federal income tax-deduction, the Internal Revenue Service requires you to complete IRS Form 8283 (pdf) (instructions).  If your contribution is valued at more than $5,000 and you wish to take a Federal income tax-deduction, the Internal Revenue Service requires a qualified appraisal. Consult IRS publication 561: “Determining the Value of Donated Property.” If you obtain a qualified appraisal, please include a copy of that appraisal with your gift.

Wish List

We need your help in finding back issues of the School of Dentistry's Alumni Bulletin from the very beginning up to 1970! We are looking for missing issues from the last century with our biggest gaps from the earliest years to 1935 and from 1942-1952. If you or your family have any of these back issues and would be willing to donate to our collection, please contact us directly using the Sindecuse Museum Donation Form.

Items accepted

  • Photographs of dentists or dental staff in their dental office, any date, United States only

  • Interior company/factory photographs and advertising items from any Michigan dental supplier, equipment manufacturer or laboratory. Will also consider published histories

  • Pre-1880 dental equipment and tools in excellent condition, especially if made or used in Michigan with a known history of use

  • Dental fraternity or honors society membership pins for dentists and hygienists

  • Dentist and hygienist occupational uniforms pre-1980, with known owners

  • Dental supplier catalogs and equipment manuals or instructions, 1940-1990

  • Personal dental hygiene items like toothpastes, powders, toothbrushes, picks, mouth rinses, pre-1940 (pre-plastic era)

  • Advertising literature or posters featuring dental products, dentists or dental practices, pre-1940

Items Not Accepted

  • Dental units, cabinets, chairs, lights, engines, articulators, amalgamators, X-ray units, steel handled instruments dated after WWI

  • Text books, professional periodicals, newspapers or clippings

  • Graduation gowns, diplomas, dental licenses

  • Plaques, trophies, awards

  • Patient records and related images

  • Dental patient records, x-rays, or impressions/casts

  • Any item in poor condition or with mold

Financial Contributions

The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry graciously accepts monetary gifts which may be used in the following ways:

  • Hire student assistants for on-going research, cataloging and storage projects 

  • Purchase scanning equipment and labor for digital imaging projects

  • Acquire unique and rare items for the collection

  • Pay for conservation treatment of damaged artifacts

  • Contract professional consultants to assist with exhibits, lighting and digital conversion

The Museum particularly appreciates gifts of money that are given with historical items to provide for "long-term care." Such gifts assist with purchasing conservation treatment or creating an ideal storage method for items needing extra attention. 

Donations are tax deductible.

Contribute Online

The university and School of Dentistry have made the process of giving to the Museum easy. All processing is managed by the university and the School of Dentistry on our behalf. The link below is part of the University of Michigan’s Leaders & Best Online Giving website. Click the yellow Give Now button associated with the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry Gift Fund 322708. You will have an opportunity to insert the amount. There is no minimum. We appreciate any donation. Thank you!

Contribute by Mail

Print and complete the pdf version of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's gift form. The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry Gift Fund is listed under the "General - School of Dentistry" near the top of the page. 

For more information about financial contributions, please see the School of Dentistry's Guide to Giving