San Mateo County Genealogical Society

Discovering Our Family History Together

Library Donation Policy

SMCGS Library donation policy

In order to support the research of its members and other family history researchers, the San Mateo County Genealogical Society (SMCGS) accepts donations of materials from individuals and organizations that aid in that purpose. Organizations considering a donation should contact the Library Manager. Guidelines for donations from individuals follow. 

Generally acceptable materials include books, periodicals, maps, legal documents, directories, and the like; SMCGS will not accept research notes, manuscripts, or historical material of a general nature readily available in public libraries. The Society reserves the right to decline to accept any materials. 

Upon acceptance by SMCGS, all donated materials become the property of the Society, to be used for any purpose deemed appropriate, including integration into existing collections, storage, transfer to another organization, sale, or other disposal. Because of limited shelf space not all donations may be added to our Library collection. SMCGS may elect to sell donated materials at our Seminar book sales, the proceeds of which go to support our Library. Donors will receive an itemized receipt and a letter of acknowledgment. 

SMCGS assumes no liability for materials deposited at the SMCGS Genealogy Library without its prior knowledge or approval; such material will be deemed abandoned and may be disposed of by SMCGS at its discretion. Individuals desiring to donate materials are encouraged to contact the Library Manager to make arrangements. 

Particularly desired donations: 

  • San Mateo or San Francisco County family genealogies or family histories 
  • County histories with biographical sketches 
  • Indexes to or abstracts of vital records, newspapers, and genealogical periodicals 
  • Copies or transcriptions of original local records (deeds, wills, court actions, etc.)

SMCGS cannot accept the following materials: 

  • Biographies of famous persons 
  • General histories 
  • “Who’s Who” type publications 
  • Works of fiction 
  • Boxes of genealogically related materials in no apparent order 
  • Unorganized family records or artifacts 

San Mateo County Genealogical Society

     SMCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization

PO Box 230
San Mateo, CA 94401-0230


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