Oregon Statutes - Chapter 358 - Museums; Historical Societies; Preservation of Historical and Archaeological Properties and Objects; Oregon Historic Families Database - Section 358.315 - General authority of cities regarding public museums.

Any city acting through its governing body or a museum commission established under ORS 358.320, may, for public museum purposes:

(1) Accept deeds, gifts, devises or bequests of land, money or other valuable things and hold, control or dispose of such things according to the terms of the deed, gift, devise or bequest, except that whenever the deed, gift, devise or bequest is conditioned upon any act of the city or the museum commission, the governing body of the city shall determine prior to acceptance whether the condition may be complied with.

(2) Accept in the name of the city, and thereafter hold as public property, museum objects given for museum purposes by any person, historical society, association or other organization.

(3) Purchase, collect, exchange for or otherwise acquire museum objects in the name of the city, and thereafter hold or dispose of the same as public property.

(4) Receive in the name of the city museum objects loaned for display, holding them in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement and displaying them for the benefit of the public and for educational and scientific purposes.

(5) Enter into all necessary contracts or agreements for services, assistance or cooperation with the federal government or any of its agencies, with the State of Oregon or any of its educational institutions or agencies, with any political subdivision of this state, with any person, including nonprofit educational or foreign corporations, or with educational and scientific foundations. [1953 c.481 §2; 1973 c.757 §2; 1983 c.260 §4]

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