ARTIFACT DONATIONS

Artifact Donations

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.

Liz Flood sorting through archived photographs and documents.

Who should you contact?

Curator of Football Heritage

Bailey Yoder

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

Email | Ext. 116

Archivist

Mandy Altimus Stahl

Donations to the collections and archives, archives care and research, photograph reproductions, research requests, website, archives internships, Velma B. Erwin Research Room

Email | Ext. 113

Artifact Donations:

Items we are looking for:

Newspapers pre-1900: such as the Massillon Evening Item, Massillon Gleaner, Massillon Weekly Union

Massillon Washington High School Yearbooks:

Pre-1905
(We don't believe there were any published before 1905)
1906
1909
1958
1969
1970

1973
1977
1979-1986
1988
1990
1997
2004-2010
 

(updated September 2019)

 

Massillon Schools Middle School/Junior High yearbooks:

         Longfellow Poetscript

Lorin Andrews Dragoneer

Massillon Intermediate School

Massillon Middle School

Massillon Junior High

1950s
1960-1961
1965-1973
1976
1980-1996
1998-2002
2004-present

 

1950s
1960s
1970-1971
1973-1984
1988-2003
2005-present


 

Pre-2012





    pre-2006
    2010
    2013-present
     pre-2013

 

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
(330) 832-1224
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

To read more about the award-winning storage space, please click here, or you can email Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl about your sponsorship!

Appraisals

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:

WIPIAK CONSULTING AND APPRAISALS: Andrew Richmond
Phone 740.760.1788
Decorative arts, fine arts, estate
Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals' Website
Email Andrew

CRAIG PERSONAL JEWELERS: Fred Craig
Phone: 330.492.8822
Jewelry
Craig Person Jewelers' Website
Email Craig

Conservation and Restoration

We suggest you contact these places:

Intermuseum Conservation Association

http://www.ica-artconservation.org
2915 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: (216) 658-8700
Email: ica@ica-artconservation.org

McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Laboratory, Inc.

Specializes in works of art on paper and canvas
http://www.mckaylodge.com/
10915 Pyle-South Anherst Rd., Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: (440) 774-4215
Email: mckaylodge@gmail.com

Special Collections Conservation Services (SCCS), Janet English Heller

Specializes in works of art on paper and canvas, maps, documents, collection surveys
128 Morgan Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: (800) 408-7227
Email: mheller@oberlin.net

Esper Bindery, Karen Esper

Book binding, paper conservation-restoration, wet book recovery
http://esperbindery.com/
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
https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs.htm

Northeast Document Conservation Center 
https://www.nedcc.org/