Objects sometimes need to be examined and discussed by staff and collections committees to determine their fit within a collection.
The Historical Society of Central Florida provides a detailed temporary custody receipt for such occasions that contains all the crucial components to acknowledge items have been received.
Space is provided for the potential donor’s contact information, a description of the object, signature for the agreement, and a place to sign off that the object has either been returned to the donor or received by the society.
Check boxes allow lenders to document the reason for leaving the object with the society including consideration for acquisition, for identification, to photograph, to become an unconditional loan, or another unique reason. A second page outlines the temporary custody conditions.
This form is adaptable for museums and historical societies alike.