The Collection is developed largely by donations received from members of the bush community and their families. These items come to ASHOF as direct donations or bequests, or as donations under the Cultural Gifts program.
ASHOF curators cannot accept every item offered for donation. Each item must be assessed for its historic, social, and aesthetic importance; its known association with people, events, places, and themes; its expression of community identity; its craftsmanship, style, or beauty; and its potential to
illustrate technological development. Each item is also assessed against the existing collection: does it replicate objects already held? Does it have a better background than similar items already held? Is it of greater aesthetic value, or rarity, or is it in better condition than similar items?
When items are considered for the Collection, ASHOF must ensure that there are no legal, moral, or financial obstacles; that clear evidence of ownership is available; and that copyright, licensing, and reproduction restrictions have been determined and documented.