Make a Gift-In-Kind

CHF is the only organization in the world preserving the history of chemistry and related molecular sciences and technologies through books, papers, photographs, fine art, and instruments. Individual and institutional donors have been the source for many of CHF’s most important acquisitions. Therefore CHF invites individuals and institutions to continue to help us build the Othmer Library’s major collections.

Quality, historical value, and research potential are key factors in CHF’s acquisitions, which fall into several broad collecting areas within the history of chemistry and related molecular sciences:

  • Rare and modern books and other printed materials
  • Historical archives, including personal papers of scientists and engineers as well as organizational records
  • Historical photographs of people and places
  • Fine art, including paintings and prints
  • Scientific instruments and other apparatus
  • Historical artifacts, such as chemistry sets and molecular models

To donate in the categories listed above, please contact Having an itemized list prepared with, if possible, accompanying photographs or digital images of the objects you wish to give will be extremely helpful when contacting us. The final decision to accept donated materials is made by the appropriate curatorial staff at CHF and in accordance with our collections policy. For more information on giving-in-kind, please contact Ronald Brashear at 215.873.8284 or


The Chemical Heritage Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible. The official registration and financial information of CHF may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 800.732.0999. Outside Pennsylvania, please call 717.783.1720. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Arnold O. Beckman

CHF’s Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry was started with a generous grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in 1987.


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