Contribute Historical Computers

Living Computers: Museum + Labs is continually developing its collections of Vintage Computers to better serve the public and educational community. We are committed to restoring our artifacts to working condition and preserving them for future generations to enjoy!

As LCM+L has grown, our process for accepting donations has changed. Due to constraints of space and labor, unsolicited donations are no longer accepted under any circumstances. Any item left on the premises will be considered abandoned and, in accordance with museum policy, discarded. We welcome the opportunity to consider your artifact for the museum by way of our official procedure.

If you are interested in donating an artifact to the museum, you must first review our FAQs and submit an application below. Once we have received your application, your donation will be eligible for discussion at the next Acquisitions Meeting, held monthly. Please allow up to 6 weeks for your request to be processed.

Thank you for your interest in donating to LCM+L!


What items are you interested in acquiring?

  • IBM 709
  • IBM 360 (All Models)
  • IBM 370 (All Models)
  • IBM 7094
  • DEC PDP-10 (KA)
  • DEC PDP-1
  • Apollo Guidance Computer (complete)
  • Burroughs B5500
  • ARDS terminal
  • BBN Honeywell based IMP
  • Tape Racks
  • Datapoint 2200
  • MACHACK IV (Software)
  • TECH and TECH2 (Software)
  • BASIC Plus 2 (BP2, B+2) (Software)
  • TI (Texas Instruments) 960A Minicomputer
  • Apple Lisa 1
  • Wang Computers 
  • BBC micro
  • FM Towns
  • X68000

What items will you no longer accept?

  • Commodore 64
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Osborne 1
  • TI-99/4A
  • Kaypro
  • Radio Shack TRS-80
  • Most laptop computers
  • Any items that are in hazardous or extremely poor condition (moldy, rusty, etc.)

How do I determine the monetary value of my artifact?
The Museum is forbidden by federal law from providing any information on the value of your artifact. The best way to determine value is to contact an appraiser. We recommend the American Society of Appraisers or the Certified Appraisers Guild. For more informal research we recommend eBay

Will you display my item in the Exhibit Hall?
Living Computers: Museum + Labs will not be able to immediately display your item and can make no guarantee that it will ever be displayed. Once an item is received it is cataloged and prioritized for restoration.

What if you don’t accept my donation?
If a donation does not fit into our scope we will have to decline but we encourage you to consider donating elsewhere.
What kind of an organization is Living Computers: Museum + Labs?
Living Computers: Museum + Labs is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. It houses and exhibits artifacts from Paul G. Allen’s private collection as well as items donated to and owned by the museum.
Can my donation be a tax deduction?
A Deed of Gift transfers ownership of your donation to the Museum and will serve as your tax receipt.

Application(All fields are required)
Name: *
Address: *
Zip Code: *
Email: *
Please list all items you wish to offer, including accompanying peripherals, cables, manuals, instructions, software, letters, advertisements, etc. *
What is the condition of these items? *
How have these items been used and/or stored? *
What is the extent or weight of these items? (How many boxes, cabinets, units, etc.) *
Are these items complete? Are there broken or defective parts? *
Do you own these items? *

If you answered No, please elaborate. Will there be further negotiations necessary to enable the transfer?
Please share any personal stories, memories or recollections you have about these items. *

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