Donate Materials

Many Mizer acquaintances, friends, business partners, and collectors of male physique art and related publications have access to a variety of valuable materials that tell the story of masculinity in general and AMG specifically. Even the smallest of these can tell an important story. The BMF Collections is the result of generous donations from these individuals and other community members. Those wishing to donate items to the Archives, Museum or Library are encouraged to Contact Us to schedule an appointment with BMF managers.

All donations are tax-deductible, and the Foundation will supply you with a letter detailing your gift and its value for your own records. 
 
ARCHIVES & MUSEUM

We welcome all donations. If you are unsure if we can use something, please contact Foundation managers to schedule an appointment before bringing larger artifacts or archival materials to the Foundation’s headquarters. 

For some larger collections and for your own tax purposes, donors are asked to sign a formal Deed of Gift, at which time the terms and donation and preferences for acknowledgement may be specified. All restrictions placed on the BMF Collections by donors are carefully respected. Once a donation has been transferred to the care of the BMF, families of donors are always welcome to view the item by appointment.

The signing of a Deed of Gift constitutes the legal transfer of ownership to the Foundation. An item cannot be returned once it has been formally accessioned into the Collection. By donating, you are warranting that you are the legal owner of the item and have the right to pass ownership to the Foundation. 

While the BMF Collections staff makes every effort to include a diversity of items in exhibitions, they cannot guarantee if and when materials will be exhibited. As a courtesy to donors, the Foundation endeavors to contact donors when the materials they donated are on display.

The Foundation is unable to appraise donations; however, potential donors are welcome to contact a third-party appraiser for tax purposes. 

Processing, describing, properly housing and preserving archival records and artifacts involves significant staff time, space and specialized resources. 

Current funding opportunities include:

  • development funds for the content management system;
  • acid-free folders and boxes to safely store new donations;
  • other archival materials such as filing cabinets; clear, plastic slide sleeves; tape; grease pencils; and magnifying glasses.


LIBRARY

Those wishing to donate materials purchased elsewhere or from a personal collection are encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Librarian by Contacting Us to ensure that the material supports the Foundation’s mission.

The Foundation issues tax receipts for all monetary donations.

Donations to the library are recognized on bookplates and on catalog records. In honour and in memoriam recognitions may be noted in both places.

MODEL/COLLEAGUE TESTIMONY

The Foundation produces video testimonies of former AMG models and Mizer associates wishing to tell their stories. Individuals with first-hand experience are encouraged to contact the Foundation by Contacting Us if interested in contributing their recollections. 

A pre-interview meeting will be set up so that the interviewer and interviewee may get to know each other and allow the interviewer to formulate questions for the interview. Interviewees are asked to a sign video release form before recording commences.

Potential donors looking to contribute pre-recorded testimonies may contact the archivist by Contacting Us with details about the testimony contents, creator and audio-visual format.