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.


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.