Scope of Collections
The Sunnyslope Historical Society Museum collects in accordance with its Mission. In keeping with the purpose of the Society, the museum shall restrict its collecting to those objects and images of cultural, historical or technical significance that can contribute to the documentation and interpretation of the history of Sunnyslope, as well as be used to support the exhibition, research and education programs of the museum. This may include material that puts Sunnyslope in context within the region, state, nation or world, so long as such material is not available elsewhere within the immediate region and the material does not place an undue burden on overall collections management.
Accessioning is the formal, legal process by which an object becomes a part of the museum’s permanent collection. Accessioned objects, images and documents have priority in the collection due to their unique, rare and historical significance. They are subject to strict accountability and receive the highest level of care. They are scrutinized for authenticity, and their physical integrity is of primary importance. These objects uniquely illustrate or document the history of Mesa, and are part of the permanent collection of the museum.
Non-Accessioned Collection (Objects for Educational Programs)
In recognition of the museum’s focus upon education, some acquisitions may be organized into an educational collection. Original objects that may have historic value for the accessioned collection must be considered for that collection first. Objects not accepted into the permanent collection may be considered for the educational collection.
The educational collection may include: objects and cultural material that are unsuited for the permanent collection, but provide visitors with a hands-on experience under staff or volunteer supervision; objects in poor condition that still might be used for educational or research purposes; and props and reproductions.
Although not accessioned, objects accepted and used for educational programs must be recorded and tracked to avoid confusion with accessioned collections objects.