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Our Museum in Action
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that depends on the support and generosity of baseball fans to fulfill our mission to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations. For over 80 years, our Collections and Archives have grown to more than 40,000 Museum artifacts and three million Library items that are in need of continual care. Your support is critical to the care of these one-of-a-kind treasures and helps ensure a world-class museum experience for generations to come.
DIGITALLY PRESERVE HISTORIC PHOTOS
The Dean O. Cochran Jr. Photograph Archives at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum contains photographs of every aspect of the game of baseball. Our collections depicts the broad diversity of people on the field, the places they played, and the action of the game. The 300,000 photographs housed in the Photo Archives document more than 150 years of baseball history; they are a visual record of the game’s place in American culture. We need your help to continue our work to digitally preserve the Museum's photo collection. Once digitized, many of the photos will be added to the our digital collection at collection.baseballhall.org
DOUG MCWILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Doug McWilliams spent nearly a quarter of a century photographing players for Topps baseball cards. In 2010, McWilliams traveled to Cooperstown to personally donate more than 10,000 negatives to the Hall of Fame’s Photo Archive. Mostly color shots, those negatives span the years that McWilliams worked for Topps, bringing to the Hall of Fame much of the game’s iconic photography from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.
As we continue our work to digitally preserve our Photos Archives, the Doug McWilliams Photograph Collection is our next major initiative. This collection needs to be reorganized, rehoused and conserved. As each image is rehoused, we will digitize it, which will reduce handling of the original, ensuring that it is preserved for years to come. Additionally, digital preservation of the images will make this collection more accessible to fans at our website and will streamline access for our staff for exhibits and other projects. Please consider making a gift today toward the Doug McWilliams Photograph Collection project to ensure these historic images are preserved for generations of fans to enjoy.
WHAT WE'VE DONE TOGETHER
HALL OF FAMER PHOTO COLLECTION
Thanks to a number of generous donors, photographs of all 340 Hall of Famers - all inductees from the Classes of 1936 to 2022 - have been funded in full and will be digitally preserved.
EXHIBIT PROJECTS IN NEED OF SUPPORT
The following exhibit related projects will help care for our collection on display within the Museum. With your support, the stories from baseball history will continue to be preserved and cared for while enhancing the visitor experience.
ARTIFACTS IN NEED OF CARE AND CONSERVATION
Here are a few artifacts from our collection that are in need of care. With your support, each of these priceless treasures can be preserved to help fans relive the moments and memories from baseball's past for future generations to come.
WHAT WE'VE DONE TOGETHER
Thanks to the support of fans like you, these conservation projects have been funded.
DIGITALLY PRESERVE ITEMS FROM OUR LIBRARY ARCHIVE
The Library archive is substantial, containing more than three million Library items, including collections of original contracts, scouting reports, team publications, scrapbooks and much more. Learn more about our Research Center here.
We hope that you will consider a gift to help support any of these important projects. Every gift is important and we are grateful for your support to help ensure these artifacts, photographs and library items are preserved for fans to enjoy for generations to come. For more information - or to make a donation by phone of any amount toward one of these projects - please contact our Development Team at 607.547.0385. If you prefer to make a general contribution to support our mission to Preserve History, Honor Excellence and Connect Generations, you can do so at the link below.