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Artifacts Collection

Frequently Asked Questions

We are looking for a variety of items that can help us tell stories about the Detroit Red Wings as well as music and entertainment in Detroit. Items that may be of public interest and are historically significant will be given priority. These may include:

  • Jerseys, uniforms, costumes, clothing (partial/complete)
  • Hockey-related equipment
  • Musical instruments and equipment
  • Photos, posters, documents (books, magazines, news articles)
  • Audio or video recordings
  • Game and event Items (tickets, playbills, programs, patches)
  • Other memorabilia

No. We're looking for anything that makes for great storytelling. Great moments, significant milestones and important people usually have great stories attached to them.

Material will be reviewed by a team of curators to ensure that it can fit within the overall collection. If the item is selected, ownership of the material is transferred to Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings through a Deed of Gift. Conditions will apply and must be agreed upon by both parties.

Donated material will be stored in climate-controlled vaults until it goes on display at Little Caesars Arena. In some cases, while it is archived, we may grant supervised access to particularly important pieces to research professionals.

Again, material will be reviewed by a team of curators to ensure that it can fit within the overall collection. If the item is selected, it will be loaned to Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings through a standard loan agreement. Ownership of material on loan is maintained by the lender. Loans will be used for various exhibition purposes including special exhibits.

We cannot guarantee that any item we receive will be displayed within a specific timeframe. We hope to use some of the items in permanent exhibits, some in temporary exhibits and some in areas that are behind the scenes, but viewable during public tours. The display value of a specific item is dependent on how it fits within our present collection and other items submitted by the public.

Our professionally managed archives are committed to the care and safekeeping of all items in its spaces, including donated and loaned items. By preserving and exhibiting these artifacts, Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings will keep telling great stories for many years to come.

A loaned item remains the possession of the owner. While Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Red Wings will give a loaned item the same attention and care that our own items receive, insurance on the item over the period of the loan should be maintained by the owner if the monetary and/or emotional value of the item warrants it.

Yes, unless you choose to remain anonymous. Any item used in exhibits or displays at Little Caesars Arena will have a note next to it, or in the interpretive label, recognizing the person or organization that donated or loaned the item, if this item comes from outside our collection.

You can fill out the online submission form above. It will provide you with a short questionnaire about the item you'd like to submit. You must include a photograph of your item.