DPHF is a Non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization

Dayton Police History Foundation, Inc. is interested in the historical study of the Dayton police force and advancing education on Dayton's police past in as many ways as financially possible.   In addition to its Dayton Metropolitan Police museum initiative, other efforts by DPHF are underway.  They include temporary exhibits, historical research, writings and publications for educational purposes as well as offering presentations, particularly in conjunction with educational institutions.  In order to continue its many efforts, donations are needed and very much welcomed.  Financial donations may be made by credit card (click on the link at right) or by simply mailing checks or money orders to:

DPH Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 293157
Dayton, Ohio 45429-9157

Donations are tax-deductible and are acknowledged by way of electronic correspondence whenever an e-mail address is known or provided; if not, then receipt of donation is provided by postal service.  In addition to financial donations, DPHF accepts tangible donations.  Please read below.  All donations and contributions are strictly to preserve Dayton's police past.  Thank you for your support!


Contact DPHF about Donating Police Items of All Kinds!

Photographs - Documents - Police Artifacts

... provide insight into Dayton police personalities, operations, and the professional tools used to fight crime. 

These items are essential for new exhibits put on by DPHF.  The long-range goal is to establish a local police museum where all items can be placed on permanent and rotating display for the appreciation of the general public. In the interim, items are either preserved at the Dayton History-NCR Archive Center or the Wright State University public records archives; or exhibited in display cases at the Dayton Police Academy, the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge or in temporary exhibits.  Please continue below to read what items are accepted! 

If the contributor lives in the local area, arrangements can be made for convenient pick up or in identifying a convenient drop-off location (e.g. Carillon Historical Park, Dayton Police Academy, Dayton FOP Lodge, etc). If out-of-town, other arrangements can be made.  Here is what we are interested in and why!


Photographs/Film:  Still and moving images are the window to the past.

Photographs can be donated or easily scanned by DPHF and returned to the  owner.  Pictures can also be scanned by the owners and simply e-mailed as attachments to:

info@DaytonPoliceHistory.org  or


Films and videotapes can be digitized and turned into DVDs.  This was recently done with a vintage 1948 film of a police response to a labor strike and to a 1966 film of the riots in Dayton.  In both cases, DPHF had a professional studio digitize the film and the owners received a DVD in return.


Documents:  Old police records, newspaper and magazine articles, books, programs, police advertisements, wanted posters, etc. tell the story of law enforcement and the history of the Dayton police force.

DPHF is interested in anything that remotely touches on policing because one snippet of information can be the last puzzle piece that completes a story.  Documents can be copied and returned to the owners.


Police Artifacts:  DPH Foundation is always interested in obtaining or in knowing the whereabouts of period uniforms, equipment, badges, tools of the trade and unusual items (e.g. paddy wagon exhaust whistle, cell block lock, dispatcher microphone, etc.).

If the location of both large and small items are known (i.e. old uniforms, police three-wheelers, reconditioned patrol cars, etc.) then when exhibits are staged, DPHF can contact the owners to see if they might allow their temporary display.  Police items that are 50 years or older are considered artifacts.  It's hard to believe that items from earlier than 1990, for example, are now over 25 years old and will be "artifacts" in less than another 25 years.  Even items from the 1990s need to be preserved for the future.

In order to continue its effort, donations of pictures, documents and "three dimensional" items are very much welcomed.  Information about the whereabouts of old police vehicles, call boxes and other items would be appreciated.  In either case, please let us know.