Gifts and Appraisals Professional Appraisal Associations Local Appraisers Further Information
Rare Book Collection


The University Libraries welcome and accept gifts that enhance the strengths of the existing collections and support the instructional and research programs of the University. Like purchases, gifts are selected for the collections using criteria outlined in the Collection Development Policy.

Donors should be aware that all gifts are accepted with the understanding that upon receipt the University becomes the owner of the material and, as such, reserves the right to determine retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations relating to the use and disposition.


As an interested party, the library cannot participate in the appraisal process. The responsibilities of the donor and donee are fully defined by the Internal Revenue Service. While there are many details, the principal points to remember are:

  • Library policy specifies that the appraisal must be made before acceptance of the gift by the library. If in excess of $5,000 or more, Federal Tax Form 8283 must be filed. (If similar items of property are given to more that one donee totaling $5,000 or more, a separate Form 8283 must be used for each.)
  • The appraisal must be made by a qualified appraiser not earlier than 60 days before contribution. The report must describe the property for identification, and should include a statement describing physical condition. Inventory lists for this purpose are not provided by the library.
  • Donor may wish to discuss prospective donations and appraisals with their attorneys.

Professional Appraisal Associations

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (800) 272-8258
Fax: (703) 742-8471
The Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 889 5404
Fax: (212) 889 5503


International Society of Appraisers
Riverview Plaza Office Park
16040 Christensen Road Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98188-2929
Phone: 206-241-0359
Fax: 206-241-0436
Art Dealers Association of America
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 940-8590
Fax: (212) 940-6484

Local Appraisers

Local dealers who specialize in book appraisals are:

Michael Hatcher
2521 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: (414) 962-2756
Andrew McLean
111 Eleventh Street
Racine, WI 53403
Phone: (262) 287-3159

Further Information

Questions concerning gifts to the Marquette University Libraries may be directed to:

  • Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections: (414) 288-7954
  • Dean of Libraries: (414) 288-7214


Or write to:
Amy Cooper Cary, Department Head
1355 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141