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Program National Recording Preservation Plan

Sample Contracts & Donor Agreements

Several sample agreements are provided below to facilitate the acquisition by museums, archives and libraries of recorded sound materials from private collectors, recording studios, record companies, radio stations, private businesses, and other entities.

These sample agreements are supplied for reference use only and do not constitute legal advice. Persons wishing to enter into similar agreements are advised to consult legal counsel.

In addition to gift, purchase, and combination gift/purchase agreements, a sample deposit agreement and a sample cooperative agreement are provided below. A deposit agreement may be used to accept a loan of recorded sound materials, often with the intention that the loan will later be converted to a gift. A cooperative agreement may be used to memorialize a joint project in which both parties participate to achieve a mutual benefit, such as a project to jointly digitize recorded sound materials, with a digital copy to be kept by each party.

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