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The trustees seek both materials and monetary contributions from all sources.

Private papers relating to the history of the BSI and the Irregulars who make up its history are of special interest to the trustees.  We also have a Wish List of materials (PDF) for the Archives.

Donations of material to the Baker Street Irregulars Trust are also tax deductible up to their estimated value. The Trust does not provide estimates of the value of donated material.*

Before donating materials, please contact us.

Materials will be evaluated for suitability for the Archives. All donated materials will benefit the Trust in some way. Most items are added to the BSI Archives, in accordance with Houghton’s collection guidelines. Other items may be sold to benefit the Trust or might be handled in a manner beneficial to the wider Sherlockian world, as determined by the Board.

After Your Donation

Contributions will be acknowledged in writing.  For non-cash items, tax regulations prohibit the Trust from acknowledging the dollar value of the donation.*

Contributions to the Trust may be publicized in the Trust newsletter, The Baker Street Journal, and this website.


Estate Planning

If you need advice in making provision in your estate to donate materials or cash to the BSI Trust, please contact us. We will be happy to provide assistance.


Monetary Donations

Please see our monetary donations page for details on how to donate online or send us a check.


Tax Details

* The Trust, as a part of the BSI, is an educational and literary organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 of such Code for federal and most state income tax purposes. Donors should consult their own tax advisors with respect to the applicable limitations on such deductions.

In order to deduct a non-cash donation of $5,000 or more, the donor must arrange for a "qualified appraisal" of the donation. This requires an appraisal by an appraiser knowledgeable in the field. The trustees may suggest an appraiser; however, the cost of the appraisal must be borne by the donor.

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