Gifts and Donations
The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library is always pleased to receive donations. We accept both monetary and gifts in kind (manuscripts, photographs, rare books, etc.). These donations enrich the research experience for those who use our collections, and help us fulfill our mission of protecting and preserving the historical heritage of Mobile, the region, and the University as a whole.
While most donations made to us are tax deductible, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library does not preform appraisals. Individuals wishing to use their donation for tax purposes must obtain an appraisal from outside sources. For more on that see below.
For more information about contributing materials, or for questions or concerns about the donation process, please contact the director, Carol Ellis, at (251) 434-3800 or at email@example.com.
Please follow the links below to read more about giving and types of gifts.
The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library welcomes and very much appreciates monetary contributions of any size. Donations can be made in person or by mail. They can also be made through the University's Development Office. However, in order for a donation made in that manner to be credited to us, the donor must indicate to the Development Office that such is his or her desire. You can also make a contribution toward The McCall Library's endowed fund. You can read more about how to make a donation through the Development Office at http://www.southalabama.edu/development/. Or you can find out more by emailing Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or The McCall Library at email@example.com.
Gifts in Kind
The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library appreciates the donation of unique and historically valuable materials. We would love to be able to save everything about Mobile and south Alabama. Storage limitations, however, prevent us from doing that. To determine the eligibility of your prospective gift, you are urged to contact a member of The McCall Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Gifts that do not meet our collection criteria will, unfortunately, be refused. If desired and appropriate, however, The McCall Library staff will work with you to find a more suitable location for your materials. For more about the kinds of documentation we seek, please see below.
The McCall Library prefers that donations be made outright. Once done so, it is understood that they become part of the permanent collections of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library and may be freely used by us and by researchers according to the rules of The McCall Library.
Listed below are guidelines for the type of material sought by The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Individuals should contact The McCall Library staff if he or she is uncertain whether or not his or her donation fits these guidelines. We can, if necessary, copy photographs and manuscripts for historical research and return the originals to their owners.
Archival items that enhance our Special Collections:
Archival items that have relevance to the University of South Alabama such as:
Appraisal and Tax Info
As the Internal Revenue Service considers The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library the recipient of your donation, and subsequently an interested party, it is legally disqualified from appraising gifts. It is the donor's responsbility to obtain, at your own expense, an appraisal for tax purposes. However, The McCall Library would welcome receiving a copy of that appraisal with the donation. If a donor wishes an official acknowledgment letter for tax purposes from the University's Development Office, the donation must be appraised. If there is no appraisal, The McCall Library can provide a proof of receipt letter that describes the item(s) donated.
See IRS regulations and forms below for government
requirements regarding appraisal
IRS Publication 561: Determining the Value of Donated Property. http://www.irs.gov/publications/p561/ix01.html
IRS Publication Form 8283:Non cash Charitable Contributions
IRS Publication Form 8283 instructions: Non cash Charitable Contributions.
For donors wishing items appraised for tax purpose the short list of appraisers below may be helpful:
American Society of Appraisers will provide a list of certified appraisers in your local area. www.appraisers.org/
Booksappraised.com will provide a formal, written appraisal of books for insurance, probate, or tax purposes. It will also do informal appraisals of between one and twenty-five books by email. www.booksappraised.com/
Additional sources of information are "Your Old Books," a publication of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, online bookseller databases such as Bookfinder.com, or your Yellow Pages for a local antiquarian/rare/used bookdealer.
For more information about contributing materials, or for questions or concerns about the donation process, please contact the archivist, Carol Ellis, at (251) 434-3800 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.