Contributions to the Collection

The Ella Sharp Museum has a collection of artifacts and artwork that help to preserve Jackson’s history and create fabulous exhibitions. The collection is never complete and is constantly growing. If you’re interested in donating to the collection these are need-to-know facts.

What We Collect

The Ella Sharp Museum has three areas of focus in our collection:

  • Our Visual Art Collection is art of the finest aesthetic quality. We specifically look for works created by local artists.
  • The Jackson Area Collection consists of artifacts and archival materials that help tell the stories and history of Jackson County and the surrounding area.
  • When Ella Sharp left her house and personal belongings to the city of Jackson it created the beginning of the Merriman-Sharp Collection. This collection documents the history of Ella Sharp, and her family members.

What Is Means to Donate

When objects are donated to the Ella Sharp Museum, ownership is legally transferred to the Museum. There is the option of loaning objects and artwork to the Ella Sharp Museum for a specific exhibition if you are not ready to give up your belongings.

To donate to the collection, please splease contact Judy Horn or Elizabeth Palmer for more information. 

Guidelines for Conducting Research at the Ella Sharp Museum

We welcome all researchers to the Ella Sharp Museum. The museum collects objects and archival records that relate to the history of Jackson and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in learning more about Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum is the place to be.

In order to best accommodate your needs, all researchers interested in doing research at the Ella Sharp Museum must make an appointment with a member of the Collections Department. Appointments can be made: Tuesday - Saturday between 9am and 5pm or Sunday 12-5pm.

Museum staff will accommodate requests as we are able and suggest contacting the archives at least 24-48 hours in advance of your desired appointment time. You must receive confirmation of an appointment to be granted access to the archives. We regret that we cannot accommodate walk-in researchers because of our lack of space for researchers.

All requested files will be retrieved from and returned to storage by collections staff. 

To schedule a visit or for more information, please click here. 


If you have any questions, or interest in donating objects to the Ella Sharp Museum please contact Judy Horn or Elizabeth Palmer for more information.