The Valentine does community-centered collecting that represents the deeply diverse history of the Richmond region, defined as:
For information about how we acquire objects and our ongoing Collection Refinement Initiative, see How We Collect & Curate.
The Valentine is committed to ensuring our complete compliance with federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) guidelines and requirements while also engaging with tribal leadership, members of the community and other institutions to create a thoughtful, open process. To learn more about this process to return Native American sacred and cultural objects, see NAGPRA Repatriation.
For more than 125 years, the Valentine has collected, preserved and interpreted materials relating to the history of the city of Richmond and the surrounding region. As part of its commitment to the stewardship of this unique collection, the museum is seeking to recover the histories of objects whose provenance, or ownership history, is unknown. For information about this process, see Undocumented Property.
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