Artifact Donation



Diary of Mathew Gregory, events during the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, September 30-October 30, 1781, Collection of Fraunces Tavern Museum

Fraunces Tavern Museum collects a wide range of artifacts to document the history of New York City and the building at 54 Pearl Street during the periods of Colonial American, the Revolutionary War and Early Republic. Developing a deep and rich collection of historical artifacts and archives will allow the Museum to share the extraordinary history of Fraunces Tavern and early New York City with current and future visitors.

While some historic objects may be places on display in long-term or temporary exhibits, others may be used in the education collection to help teach the history of the building and the Revolutionary War to students. Other items, such as photographs or archival documents, will help to better understand the history of Fraunces Tavern via exhibition and research.

The Museum’s collection staff is always interested in expanding upon its artifact and archives collections with items that represent the periods of Fraunces Tavern’s history. Some of the types of materials being sought include:


Colonial America, Revolutionary War and Early Republic period (late 16th century – 1800)

  • Documents (letters, diaries, receipts and orderly books)
  • Tools and equipment (firearms, swords and body armor)
  • Furniture
  • Ceramics
  • Household accessories
  • Paintings & engraving (portraits of known subjects, folk and fine art works)
  • Floor coverings
  • Lighting devices


If you would like to learn more about object donation please contact the Curator at 212-425-1776 x230