The Broomfield Depot Museum Collection
The collections of the Broomfield Depot Museum includes artifacts, photographs, and archival materials associated with the development of the city and county, including public and private facilities in Broomfield such as schools, newspapers, postal service, cemeteries, and railroads; the late-20th century growth of Broomfield including the development of neighborhoods and subdivisions, and the Boulder-Denver Turnpike.
As the Broomfield Depot Museum continues to build and manage a valuable collection of Broomfield-related artifacts, items are sometimes identified that fall outside Museums’ mission to “educate and engage the community by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Broomfield and the railroad depot.” By policy, the Broomfield Depot Museum may deaccession an item for several reasons, including:
1. Non-relevance: Any artifact no longer relevant or compatible with the BDM’s mission statement.
2. Maintenance: Any artifact that cannot be properly stored, preserved, or used in a professional manner to insure its integrity may be disposed of. This situation may result from undue size, excessive quantities of similar artifacts, fragility, or other unique circumstances.
3. Poor quality: Any artifact of poor quality that occupies valuable storage space.
4. Hazardous material: Any artifact subject to irreversible deterioration, infestation, or inherent chemical hazards that may imperil the condition of other artifacts or people.
In such instances, an item will be deaccessioned or permanently removed from the Museum's collection. An item might be deaccessioned if it lacks a Broomfield connection, is duplicative, has irreparable damage, or cannot practically be restored or used.
Before deaccessioning an item, museum staff will assess each individual item according to Museum policy and Museum standards, and will always exercise thoughtfulness and care to respect the intent of the original donation. Whenever possible, deaccessioned items are offered to other museums or cultural institutions, and any funds acquired from the sale of deaccessioned items are acquired through public auction and put toward the direct care of collections.
Available deaccession items
Interested in Donating to the Collection?
Thank you for considering the Broomfield Depot Museum as a repository for your possessions! The Broomfield Depot Museum relies on generous donors to build our permanent collection and help us preserve and share Broomfield’s history.
The museum collects artifacts, photographs, and archival materials that help interpret the development of the City and County of Broomfield and the Broomfield Train Depot. The highest priority is given to items with a clear and specific association (provenance) to some significant aspect of the Broomfield area or Broomfield Depot. In order to be considered for acceptance (accession) into the permanent collection, an item must fit within the following criteria. The item(s) must:
- Contribute to the interpretation and understanding of the history and material culture of Broomfield, Colorado.
- Be in reasonably good physical condition.
- Be sufficiently complete to convey historical information.
- Either be Broomfield-related, help meet the needs of the Museum’s mission, or be otherwise sufficiently useful for research or interpretive purposes.
- Be offered free and clear, with no restrictions to the Museum and with the present owner(s) having clear title to the materials being offered.
Donations will not be possible at this time. Please check back for changing information.
Please note: The Broomfield Depot Museum accepts donations of items on a case-by-case basis and that due to liability, the museum cannot accept items without prior notice. Museum staff are not responsible for unsolicited items mailed to the museum or left on the museum premises, and such items are not guaranteed to be considered or accepted for the permanent collection.