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The museum is not able to accommodate those types of requests. Once an artifact is removed from display or added to the collection, it is carefully packed in archival safe acid-free boxes, and is stored in our climate-controlled storage spaces on the museum campus. The primary concern for the museum staff is the ongoing preservation of artifacts and the historic house for future generations, followed by new exhibit development and school outreach/tour planning. We can assist researchers working on Artesia-related projects, but we cannot act as personal tour guides for people who simply wish to look at individual artifacts not presently on display.
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The Museum is glad to assist researchers, historians, authors, and genealogists in their pursuit of furthering knowledge and public awareness. Please submit a request via email at least two weeks ahead of time to schedule time in our Research Room, including purpose of research and potential outcome of research. If the research is for a publication, we would greatly appreciate receiving a copy afterwards to add to our research database. Please note that due to staffing and safety/liability constraints, some artifacts may be off-limits. At this time, we cannot accommodate visitors wishing to see artifacts that were removed from past exhibits, nor can we allow visitors into any space other than the open exhibit galleries and the Research Room.
Yes they are! Thanks to researcher Skipper Steely of Paris, Texas, Sallie's diaries and transcriptions are now available to all interested history buffs! They are listed on Amazon.com as "Chisum Diaries and Journals: Sallie and John Chisum Memoirs Merged" by Skipper Steely, in an electronic form. Mr. Steely is a responsible researcher and nice man--he did this project right!