Collections

Collection Contributions

The Ella Sharp Museum is committed to collecting your  story. The museum has a collection of artifacts from the community that aids in the preservation of Jackson’s history. The collection is never complete and is constantly growing. If you’re interested in donating to the collection these are need-to-know facts.

How Do I Donate an Object?

We try to keep it as simple as possible. To donate to the Ella Sharp Museum collection you must set up an appointment with one of the Collections Department staff members. This appointment allows staff to document all the information related to a donation. All potential donations are brought to the Collections Committee. This committee decides as a group to accept or not accept donations to the collection.

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.

Contact the collections team at 517-787-2320 or E-mail us today!

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.

Call for Community Stories & Objects
Virtual Exhibit

Jackson is living through history in the making and our experiences of COVID-19 are unique. We at the Ella Sharp Museum are actively collecting your stories and materials, both digital and physical, to make sure that our community experiences are remembered. 

Share your COVID-19 stories. How has the quarantine impacted you?

Featured Objects from the Permanent Collection of Ella Sharp Museum

Mercy Hospital Nurses

Photograph, Ca. 1944
Accession #2011.17.6