Collections Policies



Oysterponds Historical Society is committed to caring for our collections responsibly. This includes following best practices for acquisition, loans, access, conservation, use, records management, and deaccession. These are described in the Collections Management Policy.
OHS follows the Code of Ethics of the American Alliance of Museums. Other professional organizations to which we refer for guidance in ethics and best practices in collections management include the Museum Association of New York, the American Association for State and Local History, the International Council on Museums.


Image Requests
Oysterponds Historical Society may grant use to images of archival materials and artwork in its collections for approved purposes. Please note that any approved use will be for one-time, non-exclusive use only. Other terms and conditions may apply as described in the Photo and Image Policy. All image requests are coordinated the by the Collection Manager, who can be contacted at or at 631-323-3538.


Donations to the Collections
If you are interested in donating an object or archival document that relates to the history of Orient or East Marion, we would be happy to discuss your potential donation. Please be aware that no staff, board members, or committee members may give appraisals for the purpose of establishing fair-market value of gifts offered to OHS. Donors desiring to take an income tax deduction must have an independent appraisal made of the value of their gift. Identification of objects may be made, however, for professional and educational purposes. For more information, please review our policy on Appraisal Information for Donors and the General Public.
Please contact the Collections Manager with any questions at or at 631-323-3538


Collections Management Policy


Photo and Image Policy


Appraisal Information for Donors and the General Public


Code of Ethics of the American Alliance of Museums


Museum Association of New York


American Association for State and Local History


International Council on Museums



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