Museum Legal Toolkit

Project Description

CAM is pleased to offer a new resource for members: contract templates for museums.

CAM partnered with Stanford Law School’s Organizations and Transactions Clinic to produce and offer free access to sample legal documents. The templates, which were prepared by Stanford students and their clinic instructors, draw on examples made available by the American Alliance of Museums and by several of our member museums, and on other sources. CAM plans to continue working with the clinic on developing additional templates over time.

Important: Limitations and Use

These are sample documents made available by CAM as a resource for its members on the basis set out in the Terms of Use below.

Please note: these documents are examples and sources of ideas only, and are not designed for a museum's particular situation. Neither CAM nor the clinic is providing legal advice to you, and we do not guarantee that the templates fully reflect current law or are otherwise appropriate for your needs. CAM encourages a museum or other person considering use of these documents to first seek the advice of a lawyer.

Please note also CAM will not be making available Word versions of these templates due to capacity limitations and in line with the principle that these materials are samples and sources of ideas, not ready-to-use forms.

Terms of Use & Access to Templates

Please read the Terms of Use below before downloading a contract template. For clarity, accessing or using this site in any way, including reviewing, copying, or downloading any templates, constitutes and confirms your agreement to be bound by the Terms of Use. Access to the templates is easy: just click the relevant link for direct PDF download.

We hope you find this is a useful resource, and we welcome your feedback.

Copyright License Agreement
(Adobe PDF File)
Deed of Gift
(Adobe PDF File)
Deed of Gift and License
(Adobe PDF File)
Incoming Loan Agreement
(Adobe PDF File)
Pledge Agreement (Binding)
(Adobe PDF File)
Promise of Gift Agreement
(Adobe PDF File)
Purchase Agreement
(Adobe PDF File)

Terms of Use

1. Definitions

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  • “Members” means CAM members
  • “Site” means the website hosted by CAM at
  • “Materials” means the documents and other text included on the Site as they may be updated over time
  • “CAM Parties” means, collectively, (a) CAM and its directors, employees, officers, and agents and (b) Members and Members’ directors, employees, officers, and agents who assisted or may assist CAM in developing the Materials and Site
  • “Terms” means these Terms of Use

2. Your Agreement

Your accessing or using the Site in any way, including reviewing, copying, or downloading any Materials, constitutes and confirms your agreement to be bound by the Terms.

3. No Legal Advice

3.1 No Legal or Tax Advice

We are providing a resource to Members. We are not giving legal or tax advice or providing substantive legal information on the Site. You should not act on the information on the Site or use any Materials without first seeking the advice of a lawyer. The Materials are examples only and are not designed for your particular situation.

3.2 Availability and Use of Materials

You acknowledge and agree that our making Materials available on the Site, and your reviewing, copying, downloading, or using any Materials, does not constitute the delivery of legal or business advice by us, or the practice of law by us.

3.3 Relationship

Nothing in these Terms, our making available the Site and Materials, or your use of the Site and Materials creates or results in a fiduciary or similar relationship between you and us for any purpose.

3.4 No Endorsement

You may not use the CAM name, logo, or branding element in any manner that states, implies, or otherwise suggests that we have approved in any way any documents you create or use.

3.5 Lawyer Use and Responsibility

If you are a lawyer using this Site, we make no express or implied guarantees to you or your clients about the outcomes of any matters you may be handling for your clients. You understand and agree that you are solely responsible for your conduct, that you must use and rely upon your own research, investigation, professional judgment, and consultation with your clients in making decisions about matters you may be handling, and that all decisions you make and documents you draft are your sole responsibility.

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5.3 Appropriate Use

You will not use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You may not use the Site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site.

6. Legal Clinic Support

6.1 Work with Law School

CAM worked with the Organizations and Transactions Clinic (“Clinic”) at Stanford Law School (“SLS”) in developing the Materials. For purposes of these Terms, the term “Stanford Parties” means the Clinic, SLS, Stanford University, and the instructors and students in the Clinic.

6.2 No Attorney-Client Relationship

Your access or use of the Site or any Materials does not create an attorney-client relationship between you (or, if you are a lawyer, any of your clients) and any CAM Party or any Stanford Party.

6.3 No Advertising or Solicitation

The Site is not intended to be an advertisement for legal services or solicitation of clients. It is not an invitation to form an attorney-client relationship with the Clinic, any attorney or law student working in the Clinic, or any other attorney.

6.4 No Endorsement

You may not use the name, logo, or branding element of any Stanford Party in any manner that states, implies, or otherwise suggests that such Stanford Party has approved in any way any documents you create or use.

7. Liability Limitation and Indemnification

7.1 Limitation of Liability

No CAM Party or Stanford Party will be liable to you or any other person for any claims or damages that result from your use or inability to use the Site or any of the Material, your use of the Materials, or otherwise as a result of any Materials or other content, information, services, or resources made available through the Site.

7.2 Indemnification

You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless each CAM Party and each Stanford Party, to the fullest extent under law, against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, such CAM Party or Stanford Party may suffer which relate to or arise out of your use of the Site and Materials.

8. General Provisions

8.1 Entire Agreement

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8.2 Changes to the Terms

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8.3 Waiver

If we do not immediately take action to address a violation of these Terms, we are not waiving our rights to take action in the future.

8.4 Severability

If any particular provision of these Terms is found to be unenforceable, that provision will be severable and will not affect any of the other provisions.

8.5 Third-Party Beneficiaries

Except as specifically provided in Sections 6 and 7, these Terms are for the exclusive benefit of you and us, and not for the benefit of any third party.