The United States Diplomacy Center is actively seeking artifacts that represent American diplomacy and the work of the United States Department of State. These artifacts can come from a variety of individuals and sources. Anyone currently or previously working in a diplomatic capacity might have objects that could be a good fit for our collection. If you have items you might be interested in donating, please email us for more information.
Specific areas of collecting interest include (but are not limited to) objects which illustrate the following:
- Diplomat’s work on the range of global issues today, including examples from programs and partnerships
- The challenges diplomats face while performing their jobs (security; health; communications; transportation)
- The unique relationships and connections made through diplomacy
- Diplomatic events, people, and places throughout U.S. history
- The wide range of work performed at embassies, consulates, and missions
- Tools, equipment, and clothing representing diplomatic efforts
- And of course documents, pens, and diplomatic gifts
The National Museum of American Diplomacy collects primarily for exhibition purposes; USDC is not a research collection nor an archives. Acceptance of an artifact does not guarantee exhibition for any length of time. However, the Center strives to display as much of its collection as possible, either in-person or online.
Email us at DiplomacyCenter@state.gov.