Artifacts

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Artifact Collections

The artifact collections at the Barack Obama Presidential Library consist of more than 35,000 objects that are preserved, documented, and interpreted for research and exhibition at our curatorial storage facility.

The collections encompass works of fine art, cultural artifacts, books, clothing, domestic furnishings, sporting equipment, and other materials that represent the era and accomplishments of the Obama Administration. These materials were predominantly gifted to President and Mrs. Obama by Foreign Heads of State and private citizens.

You may view highlights from our collections, including gifts from world leaders as well as charming and whimsical items handmade by private citizens, in the Highlights Gallery below.

Research Questions

Information requests, research inquiries, loan requests, and donations related to the library’s artifact holdings may be submitted via email using the address provided below in Contact Us.

Loan Requests

While our curatorial facility is not open to the public, we do have an active outgoing loan program. If your research request pertains to any artifacts that you wish to request for loan for exhibition purposes, please refer to the National Archives guidance for Borrowing NARA Holdings for Exhibition before contacting us. Please submit the request via email.

Donate to the Collection

The Barack Obama Presidential Library actively accepts selected donations for its artifact collections. Before we accept an item into the collection, it is carefully reviewed by the artifact and library staff. When emailing us, please provide as much detailed information as possible, including photographs and a statement that explains the relevance to President Barack Obama.

Contact Us

Email: obama.library@nara.gov with “Artifact Collection” in the subject line for general inquiries, loan requests, and offers to donate. When submitting a request, include your contact information and as much detail as possible, such as dates and photographs of relevant objects and documents, so we may best address your inquiry. The artifact staff evaluates requests and replies within ten business days.

We invite you to explore highlights from the Barack Obama Presidential Library's artifact collection. We hope you enjoy the virtual tour of specially curated artifacts.