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Beginning in January 2021, the U.S. Army Museum Enterprise will begin divesting some of the surplus material among the 580,000 historical artifacts it currently manages. This is part of a five year effort to reform the Army Artifact Collection. The AME is a directorate within the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH).

The AME is currently conducting a phased review to identify and differentiate significant artifacts that need to be preserved from the surplus material. The surplus material are duplicates or do not fit the AME’s scope of collections and collecting philosophy, but may be useful to other museums and educational institutions.

Qualified organizations should make sure they are in the government system to be eligible to receive surplus materials. Institutions can benefit by requesting transfer of material that is excess to the Army, but may enhance their exhibit and education programs.

Department of Defense entities including DoD Museums should request items through the Defense Logistics Agency. They can obtain access to the Re-utilization Transfer and Donation Website, RTD Web, by visiting: https://www.dla.mil/DispositionServices/DDSR/PropertySearch/

Non-DoD entities such as the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institute, or similar organizations should request items from the U.S. General Services Administration by contacting their National Utilization Officer located at: gsa.gov/nuo

Material not required by a federal entity will be declared surplus, released from the Army Artifact Collection, and made available to museums, states and municipalities, veterans organizations and other eligible recipients that qualify for the GSA Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program under 40 U.S.C. § 549.

To find out if your organization qualifies, visit: gsa.gov/propertydonations

Organizations wishing to qualify to search for and receive property must qualify for the GSA Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program through their State Agency for Surplus Property. To find your SASP and apply, go to: gsa.gov/sasp

For more information about the Army Museum Enterprise, visit: https://history.army.mil/museums/

Public Affairs contact for the U.S. Army Center of Military History is Lee Reynolds at: francis.l.reynolds.civ@mail.mil

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