Statement of Purpose
To preserve in any form the heritage of Beatty, Nevada, the Bullfrog Mining District, the surrounding mining camps of Nye County and any item of historical significance.
To acquire, maintain, own, use for display and demonstrative purposes, any objects reflecting the heritage of Beatty, Nevada, the Bullfrog Mining District, the surrounding mining camps of Nye County, and any item of historical significance.
The term "collections" as used in this document is understood to mean the acquisition of historically significant artifacts, documents and photographs that contribute to an understanding of past human behavior, customs, activities, episodes, institutions and personalities, as well as the natural world and earth sciences as applied to our region.
The item collected must be in reasonable condition so that the museum can fulfill its goal of preservation with as little alteration to objects as possible.
The objects collected should be well documented and such documentation must be verifiable and will include:
A chronological history of the object
Circumstances surrounding the objects discovery and acquisition
The original owner or manufacturer
The objects original use
Any other pertinent facts including copyright ownership
The museum may collect artifacts that have incomplete documentation as long as they contribute to a clearer understanding of significant elements of our cultural or natural history and as long as it is established that the item was legally obtained.
Objects collected must be useful in the museum for display, research and interpretive activities. However, the display of particular objects is not guaranteed. The museum must be in a position to properly care for the acquired object or objects. If it is not possible to provide the appropriate care, the object or objects should not be accepted. The museum will not collect duplicates, unless they serve a useful purpose, or are in significantly better condition than the item currently in the museum's possession.
The decision whether or not to acquire an object is generally left up to the Beatty Museum & Historical Society's staff, if it is clear that the item meets the rules laid out under "Collections". If there is a question of whether the object or objects should be accessioned, the decision should be referred to the Beatty Museum & Historical Society's Board Members.