About the collection

The Jefferson County Museum’s collection consists of more than 2,500 artifacts; 30,000 photos and negatives; 2000 books, pamphlets, and other published materials; and thousands of pages of 18th-20th century documents and family papers. The collection represents many of the people and events important to our county’s history—from the era of indigenous peoples through the 21st century. Almost all of the items have been donated by generous members of the community. To explore the collection further, visit the Online Collection Database.

  • Textiles: clothing, family quilts, coverlets, and blankets
  • Uniforms and weaponry from major wars, including the Civil War, World War I, and World War II
  • Children’s toys: ceramic and soft dolls and accessories, wooden and tin toys, sled, and high-wheeler bicycle
  • Household objects: pottery, grinders, irons, and kettles
  • Business products: Conklyn Brothers chairs, Sadler pie safe and freight wagon, Porter coverlet, pharmacy and distillery bottles, and advertising memorabilia
  • Photographs, primarily black and white, from the 19th-21st centuries of people, landscapes, homes, and townscapes
  • Paintings by local artists
  • Maps and documents, including correspondence, financial and legal papers, ledgers, land grants, and pamphlets from the late 18th-20th centuries (see Research for more information)
  • And more

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How to donate to the collection

The museum welcomes donations of items related to Jefferson County that illustrate how people have lived here and how the county has developed and responded to major historical, economic, and cultural events. To fill major gaps in the collection, we are particularly interested in donations of objects, photographs, and documents concerning the lives and history of African Americans and women in the county.

We would be delighted to talk with you if you have an item you are considering donating. Please call or email the director Jane Rissler at 304-725-8628 or director@jeffcomuseumwv.org.