Donate to the Collection

The Rock Island Arsenal Museum actively seeks objects that accurately and comprehensively reflect the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island from 1816 to the present. Such objects, particularly when well-documented, help to tell the story of Rock Island Arsenal. Because of space restrictions for storage, the museum must limit which donations are accepted. If you have an object that you would like to donate, please call 309-782-5021. Upon receipt of a request to donate personal property, museum personnel will provide an information sheet and gift offer letter for donors to complete if they choose to do so. A copy of the letter will be sent to the U.S. Army Center of Military History for evaluation by the collections committee. Donations become property of the U.S. Army. Donating an object will preserve it in an archival environment for future generations to study and enjoy. Please keep in mind that the museum cannot guarantee donated items will be placed on display.

Rock Island Arsenal Museum Donation Wish List

  • Glass plate negatives or printed images taken at the Rock Island Barracks from 1863 to 1865 (Civil War prison camp located on Rock Island Arsenal)
  • Stereoviews of Rock Island Arsenal by the Western View Company and by Henry W. Immke, photographer, Princeton, Illinois
  • World War I regulation uniform for women
  • Interior views of the Government Building at the 1876 International Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Exterior views of the U.S. Government Building from the 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis and interior views of the War Department display inside the U.S. Government Building
  • Rock Island Arsenal M1903 rifle variations
    • dated 1908 to 1909 with flat top hand guard
    • dated 1909 to 1910 with a single stock screw installed transversely between the magazine well and the slot for the trigger, a slight relief sight cut in the hand guard, and inspector’s stamps JES or WJS
    • dated 1912 to 1913 with a solid swivel and a curved stock along the top edge
    • WW I production period, 1918 date preferable with smooth butt plate, a second screw added transversely between the magazine well and the recoil lug (1918 feature), and original parkerizing (begun in August 1918 if a 1918 weapon), and preferably with production inspector's stamps ELV, OEL, JLH, OHA, WMH, or SS.
    • Variation with rebuild inspector's marks on the left side of the butt stock to include EAA, EO, ICC/JCC, LAA, FLW, FZ, or F J.
  • Leather equipment manufactured at Rock Island Arsenal
    • Life Saving Service (LSS) equipment carrying case
    • Saddler’s tool bag
  • Model of 1910 equipment to complete set of the equipment recommended by the Infantry Equipment Board, which met at Rock Island Arsenal from 28 April 1909 to 5 April 1910
    • Arm repair chest, Model of 1910
    • Bacon can, Model of 1910
    • Bacon chest, Model of 1910
    • Bayonet scabbard, Model of 1910
    • Bolo scabbard, Model of 1910
    • Canteen cover, Model of 1910 (dismounted)
    • Cleaning rod, Model of 1910
    • Cleaning rod, Model of 1913
    • Cleaning rod case, Model of 1910
    • Condiment can, Model of 1910
    • Condiment chest, Model of 1910
    • Garrison belt, Model of 1910, for noncommissioned staff officer and first sergeant
    • Garrison belt, Model of 1910, for mounted orderlies and members of a machine company
    • Garrison belt, Model of 1910, for band and musicians
    • Pack carrier, Model of 1910
    • Pouch, Model of 1910, for first aid packet
    • Tape, steel, 5-foot
    • Wirecutter, Model of 1910
  • Pack, Field, Combat, M-1945; stock number 74-P-12-287 to complete the Pack, Field, Cargo, M1945 and Suspenders, Pack, Field, Cargo and Combat set already in the collection
  • M1 carbine of Second World War configuration - rear, L-flip sight and no bayonet lug