I’m looking for information about my ancestor who served at Camp Shelby.

If you are seeking information, please use the Information Request form to submit your question to the Museum staff. The first half-hour of research is a free service
of the Museum.

How do I donate artifacts or documents
to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum?


You can start by filling out an Offer of Donationform. Please include as much detailed information as possible, including a description of the item, original owner, and any other information associated with the history of the item. After we receive your Offer of Donation form, we will make a decision to accept or decline the offer and contact you.

Can I just drop off or mail my artifact donation?

You can, but we would rather you did not drop off or mail donations without first submitting an Offer of Donation. We cannot be responsible for unsolicited donations left
at the Museum.

Can the Museum staff appraise my artifact for its monetary value??

Due to IRS regulations, we are not allowed to appraise objects. To find a licensed appraisers in your area, contact the American Society of Appraisers or the Appraisers Association of America.

What kind of items does the Museum accept?

The Museum accepts 19th, 20th, and 21st Century objects, equipment, documents, and photographs with emphasis on the military service of Mississippians and the units and individuals who trained at Camp Shelby and other military installations in the State of Mississippi.

Does the museum accept everything that is offered?

Unfortunately, no. The Museum already has thousands of objects in storage. We cannot take duplicates of items already housed in the collections or items that do not relate to the Museum’s mission. If we accepted every item offered, we would soon run out of space and time to care for them properly.

I submitted an Offer of Donation. How long will it take
for the Museum to review my offer?


It generally takes between two and four weeks for the Museum to make a determination on an Offer of Donation.

My items were accepted for the Museum’s Education Collection.
What does that mean?


The Museum’s Education Collection contains objects designated for use with school groups and special events. Materials in this collection serve an important purpose and are well cared for. However, you should be aware that objects in the Education Collection are frequently handled by museum staff and visitors and are not given the same high level of care as with items in the Permanent Collection, so they deteriorate faster and are not be permanently preserved.

If I have a firearm to donate, are there any special steps I need to follow?

Yes, please see the special instructions for weapons here.

Will the artifacts I donated be displayed?

Not necessarily. Only a small percentage of the Museum’s collection is currently on display. However, each object in the collections is important. Objects are often placed in new and temporary exhibits and retrieved for research purposes.

I have a question not listed here. Who do I need to contact?

For further information, please contact the Museum Registrar,
Anna Gospodinovich, at artifacts@mafm.us or (601)558-2337.

Can I use the Museum Archives for research purposes?

Yes, the Museum Archives are open to researchers, but only by appointment. Please call the Archivist Christy Calhoun at 601-558-2358 or ccalhoun@mafm.us  to set up an appointment.

How long will it take for my research question to be answered?

Queries are usually answered in under a week.


DONATING FIREARMS & OTHER WEAPONS

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What is provenance?

Provenance is the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature.

I have some information about my artifact, how might I record what I know?

You can use our Artifact Assessment form to catalogue your artifacts or documents.

How do I make a monetary or memorial donation to the Museum?

To make a monetary or memorial donation to the Museum, please contact Brenda Crowley at 601.558.2437 or bcrowley@mafm.us

How do I donate artifacts or documents to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum?

You can start by filling out an Offer of Donation form to find out exactly what it is that you have. Please include as much detailed information as possible, including a description of the item, original owner, and any other information associated with the history of the item. Once we receive and review the form, we will make a decision to accept or decline the offer and contact you.

Can I just drop off or mail my artifact donation?

You can, but we would rather you did not drop off or mail donations without first submitting an Offer of Donation. We cannot be responsible for unsolicited donations
left at the Museum.

What kind of items does the Museum accept?

The Museum accepts 19th, 20th, and 21st Century objects, equipment, documents, and photographs with emphasis on the military service of Mississippians and the units and individuals who trained at Camp Shelby and other military installations in the State of Mississippi.

Does the Museum accept everything that is offered?

Unfortunately, no. The Museum already has thousands of objects in storage. We cannot take duplicates of items already housed in the collections or items that do not relate to the Museum’s mission. If we accepted every item offered, we would soon run out of space and time to care for them properly.

I submitted an Offer of Donation. How long will it take for the Museum
to review my offer?


It generally takes between two and four weeks for the Museum to make a determination on anOffer of Donation.

My items were accepted for the Museum’s Education Collection. What does that mean?


The Museum’s Education Collection contains objects designated for use with school groups and special events. Materials in this collection serve an important purpose and are well cared for. However, you should be aware that objects in the Education Collection are frequently handled by Museum staff and visitors and are not given the same high level of care as with items in the Permanent Collection, so they deteriorate faster and are not be permanently preserved.

Will the artifacts I donated be displayed?

Not necessarily. Only a small percentage of the Museum’s collection is currently on display. However, each object in the collections is important. Objects are often placed in new and temporary exhibits and retrieved for research purposes.

If I have a firearm to donate, are there any special steps I need to follow?

Yes, please see the special instructions for donating weapons above.

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CAMP SHELBY



If you are considering donating arms or arms related artifacts to the Museum, Please read the guidelines below. Transportation of such items onto Camp Shelby is restricted and requires special coordinating instructions prior to any such donation. The Museum may accept loans only under exceptional circumstances as determined by the Museum Director.

All offers of donation to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum must follow Museum donation policies.

The best way to begin your offer is to obtain, fill out, and return a copy of the Offer of Donation form or by visiting the Museum and getting a copy from the Visitor Services Coordinator. No offer will be considered without this form being completed. Remember that it is important to be as descriptive as you can and even include detailed pictures of your item. Also include any history (provenance) that you may know about the item. Items of particular acquisition interest to the Museum at the present time are listed here.

Please remember that even though your item may have intrinsic or historic value, these factors may have no bearing on the Museum’s ultimate decision of whether or not to accept your offer. The Museum may have similar items in storage or the item may not fit into the Museum’s collection scope. A decision made by the Museum not to accept your offer in no way diminishes the value of your item.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Never bring a firearm, edged weapon, or live ammunition onto Camp Shelby or to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum without prior authorization and instructions from the Museum.

Never transport a loaded weapon or live ammunition to Camp Shelby.
If authorized to transport a weapon to Camp Shelby for an appointment with Museum staff, please transport it in a case, bag or blanket.

Never brandish a weapon while at Camp Shelby or on the Museum grounds.

Never attempt to disassemble ordnance (bombs, grenades, artillery projectiles, cartridges, etc.) to determine if it is live or not.