Thank you for thinking of the Massillon Museum for the home of your historic object.
Please schedule an appointment with the staff so that we may give you the attention and time you deserve. We are not legally allowed to accept anonymous donations. We will ask you to fill out a form so that we can properly document your item and track where objects come from.
Who should you contact?
Curator of Football Heritage
Paul Brown Museum exhibition development, donations to the the Paul Brown Museum, Paul Brown Research Library, collections and archives care, photograph reproductions, research and film requests
Items we are looking for:
Newspapers pre-1900: such as the Massillon Evening Item, Massillon Gleaner, Massillon Weekly Union
Massillon Washington High School Yearbooks:
(updated September 2019)
Massillon Schools Middle School/Junior High yearbooks:
Lorin Andrews Dragoneer
Massillon Intermediate School
Massillon Middle School
Massillon Junior High
Items we are NOT accepting:
- Hats from 1900-present
- Yearbooks not listed above
- McGuffy Readers
- Massillon Independent Newspapers or modern newspapers
Where to take your Yearbooks:
If we decide not to accept your yearbook, there are two places we suggest you contact:
Washington High School Alumni Association
207 Oak Ave SE, Massillon, OH 44646
Click here to visit their website.
Sponsorships & Donations
Adopt-a-drawer or adopt-a-box
The storage of items in our collections and archives is costly. Your donation can go to house a specific collection, item, or shelf within the state-of-the-art collections storage room.
Adopt-a-Drawer: You can sponsor a cabinet drawer that will hold some of the collections more fragile artifacts. Your name will be placed on a plaque on the cabinet drawer acknowledging your contribution. In addition, your name will be listed on the Preservation Honor Roll on our website and in our quarterly newsletter.
Levels: $75 half drawer / $150 full drawer
Adopt-a-Box: You can sponsor an archival box that will hold Museum materials such as Civil War letters, city ledgers, or photographs. Your name will appear on the outside of the box acknowledging your contribution. In addition, your name will listed on Preservation Honor Roll on our website and in our quarterly newsletter.
Levels: $10 one box / $25 three boxes
Massillon Museum staff can help you look at your item for an initial assessment (example: whether your framed piece is an original or a printed poster).
Unfortunately the Massillon Museum cannot help you appraise the value of an object. We would suggest, however, that you contact the appraiser we go to for our questions:
Conservation and Restoration
We suggest you contact these places:
Specializes in works of art on paper and canvas, maps, documents, collection surveys
128 Morgan Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: (800) 408-7227
Book binding, paper conservation-restoration, wet book recovery
2800 E. 55th St., Cleveland, OH 44104
Phone: (216) 431-1221
DIY Preservation & Museum improvements
Or use one of these professional websites for DIY projects or Museum improvements:
Preservation Briefs from the National Parks Service
Northeast Document Conservation Center