Museum collecting toys from 1960s to present

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Wanda Lassiter


By Wanda Lassiter
Museum of the Albemarle

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Over the past 50 years the Museum of the Albemarle has acquired a large percentage of its artifact collection through public donations. Over the next 50 or more years, the Museum will begin to collect artifacts from the decades of 1960s-present. Here is a sample list of what MOA would like to collect:

My Little Ponies, Power Rangers, Skateboards

Beavis and Butthead toys, Fidgets, Star Wars action figures

Glow Worms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beanie Babies

Polly Pocket, Stretch Armstrong, Squinkies

Monster High dolls, Nintendo, Atari

Mr. Potato Head, Hatchimals, Troll toys

Chatty Cathy, Easy Bake Oven, Tickle Me Elmo

Big Wheel, Tonka trucks, Pogo ball

Masters of the Universe, Fisher Price Little People, Moon Shoes

Razor scooters, Fanny packs, LiveStrong bracelets

Daisy Duke shorts, Skinny jeans, Members Only jacket

Heavy metal band T-shirts, Trucker hats, Mood rings

Banana clips, Leg warmers, Crocs

Uggs, Reebox basketball shoes, Dr. Martens

Military uniforms of individuals who served in areas including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Vietnam, Korea, Saudi Arabia

To donate an object, please email a photograph of the object, along with a brief description of the object, including its relation to Northeastern North Carolina, its usage and history to Wanda Lassiter, Curator, Museum of the Albemarle, at wanda.lassiter@ncdcr.gov. A member of MOA’s collection staff will work with you to determine whether the object meets the museum's collecting criteria. Criteria for evaluating the object for acceptance into the collection include the following considerations:

— Was the object made or used in northeastern North Carolina?

— What is the object's historical significance?

— Can documentation (written or oral) on the object be found?

— Does the object need conservation work?

— What is the object's exhibit potential?

— What impact would the object have on available storage space?

If the object meets enough criteria, the curator will present it to the Acquisitions Committee at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. After examining the object, the committee will vote on its acceptance, and the curator will notify you of the committee's decision. If the object is accepted, a registrar from the Collections Management Section at the North Carolina Museum of History will send you a deed of gift form. This legal document certifies that the object is yours to donate and that you agree to assign all rights associated with the object to the museum. When you sign and return the deed of gift, the object becomes part of the collection of the North Carolina Museum of History.

You can use the signed deed of gift as an acknowledgment of your donation to the North Carolina Museum of History as tax deductible. The museum does not provide appraisals, however, or provide estimated values.

Wanda Lassiter is curator for Museum of the Albemarle.