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One of the most costly parts of our work at the Stark Center is the sorting, archiving and preserving of our collections. Over the past several years, in particular, we’ve received several large and very significant collections that we need financial assistance to get processed so we can make them accessible to researchers. We need to buy hundreds of acid free boxes, special sleeves for photographs, acid free files and conservation paper, and we need trained archivists to help us with these projects.  We also need funding for new exhibits so that some of the wonderful treasures that are hiding in our archives can be put on display in our galleries.

Love UT baseball?  Think about contributing to help us preserve  Coach Augie Garrido’s Collection.

Love weightlifting?  Help us preserve Olympic Gold Medalist Tommy Kono’s 50 boxes of trophies, medals, photographs and memorabilia by donating now.

See Our Current Preservation Projects

Make a Material Donation

The Todd-McLean Collection has been at UT since 1983.  Its growth has been significantly augmented by the donation – from private individuals – of books, magazines, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, manuscript files, posters, trophies, paintings, training equipment, artifacts, and other items.

Important donations come in all sizes and shapes.  A donation of a single item can tell a story on its own or can complete the story of another item or collection.  The Stark Center is indebted to the individuals listed here for understanding the historical value of their “small collection” and for deciding to share it with others by donating it to the Stark Center.  If you have materials related to the history of physical culture, exercise, or alternative medicine or materials related to the history of sports at UT or elsewhere that you would be interested in donating, please contact us via email or by calling 512-471-0995.

How Do Archival Donations Work?

In order for the University to formally acknowledge a material gift, donors must sign a “Deed of Gift” form, provided by the Stark Center at the time of donation.  Once the Deed is finalized and the donation is on-site, the University will send a tax receipt.

We advise all prospective donors to get advice from their accountant or tax advisor for information on the possible advantages of this form of charitable giving. You will be asked to estimate a market value for the items in your gift, and Center staff cannot suggest a fair price for your materials.  If you believe the value of the gift will be over $5000, the IRS requires you submit an independent appraisal and an IRS Form 8283 acknowledging receipt of the gift by the University. We will be happy to talk you through these steps, just contact Director Jan Todd, or Assistant Director, Kim Beckwith.

The Stark Center is indebted to several individuals and organizations who have provided substantial financial support, click here to learn more about them.

Click here to learn about other ways to support the Stark Center.