Permanent Collection

Since its opening in 1990, the Delta Cultural Center has collected items for its permanent collection. In the beginning of the institution, the focus was artifacts that could help tell the story of the Arkansas Delta in the very first exhibit that was located in the Depot. Today, the museum artifacts number in the thousands. The permanent collection has grown through donations and purchases. The Delta Cultural Center has been fortunate to have received large gifts of both real estate property and collections of objects from families of the Arkansas Delta. Purchases of blues music related items have been added to help tell that important story, and recently Civil War and Battle of Helena artifacts have been added to the collection.

If you are interested in a specific category, use list below to sort our collection

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(Note: The featured artifacts may not be exhibited at this time.)

Collection Sample:

Art - Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy

Date Made: circa 2009  Category: Art

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Art - Dewitt Jordan Painting

Dewitt Jordan Painting

Date Made: circa 1965  Category: Art

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Art - Sonny Boy Bronze

Sonny Boy Bronze

Date Made: 1993  Category: Art

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Art - Train Depot Watercolor

Train Depot Watercolor

Date Made: 2014  Category: Art

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Art - Watercolor

Watercolor

Date Made: circa 2000  Category: Art

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Civil War - Ambrotype

Ambrotype

Date Made: 1862  Category: Civil War

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Civil War - Cannon Ball

Cannon Ball

Date Made: 1861-1865  Category: Civil War

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Civil War - Confederate Money

Confederate Money

Date Made: February 17, 1864  Category: Civil War

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Civil War - Document

Document

Date Made: 1866  Category: Civil War

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Civil War - Medallion

Medallion

Date Made: 1860-1865  Category: Civil War

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Civil War - Sheet Music

Sheet Music

Date Made: August 7, 1861  Category: Civil War

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General - Carriage

Carriage

Date Made: circa 1890  Category: General

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General - Document

Document

Date Made: August , 1910  Category: General

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General - Document

Document

Date Made: 1859  Category: General

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General - Side Chair

Side Chair

Date Made: circa 1840  Category: General

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General - Sofa

Sofa

Date Made: circa 1840  Category: General

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Music - Chairs

Chairs

Date Made: 1949-1960  Category: Music

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Music - Guitar

Guitar

Date Made: 1960  Category: Music

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Music - Guitar

Guitar

Date Made: circa 1995  Category: Music

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Music - Harmonica Holster

Harmonica Holster

Date Made: circa 1960  Category: Music

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Music - Neon Sign

Neon Sign

Date Made: circa 1990  Category: Music

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Photograph - Carte De Visite Photograph

Carte De Visite Photograph

Date Made: circa 1863  Category: Photograph

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Photograph - Photograph

Photograph

Date Made: Original Photo - 1986  Category: Photograph

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Photograph - Photograph

Photograph

Date Made: circa 1927  Category: Photograph

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Photograph - Photograph

Photograph

Date Made: circa 1925  Category: Photograph

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Photograph - Photograph

Photograph

Date Made: circa 1930  Category: Photograph

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Textile - Hat

Hat

Date Made: circa 1970  Category: Textile

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Textile - Quilt

Quilt

Date Made: 1991  Category: Textile

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Textile - Quilt Panel

Quilt Panel

Date Made: 1994  Category: Textile

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Textile - Quilt Panel

Quilt Panel

Date Made: 1994  Category: Textile

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Textile - Stage Costume

Stage Costume

Date Made: circa 1990  Category: Textile

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Do you have something you’d like to donate?

The Delta Cultural Center has relied on the kindness of donors since it was founded. If you have something you’d like to donate, we’d like you to take a minute to read our mission statement below. It will help you better understand our collecting focus.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Delta Cultural Center to research, document, interpret, and present the heritage of the people of the Arkansas Delta. This mission is carried out through activities in four areas: Interpretive exhibits, public presentations, educational programming, documentation and resource acquisition.

Here are some things that we collect:

  • Artifacts associated with the heritage of the people that have or are settled in the 27 counties of Eastern Arkansas, that make up the Arkansas Delta
  • Artifacts associated with American blues music, especially those connected with the blues artists from Eastern Arkansas
  • Artifacts associated with the American Civil War, especially those connected with the Battle of Helena, and any other information or artifact connected with the Civil War in Arkansas.
  • Artifacts associated with agriculture and industry that have flourished in the Eastern Arkansas Delta region
  • Artifacts that are from, or have a connection to Helena, Arkansas.

To make an offer of Donation

If you have an Arkansas Delta item you think might be appropriate for our collection, please contact the Curator, Bill Branch, at 870-338-4350 or [email protected]. Or if you prefer to write, address your letter to:

Bill Branch, Curator
Delta Cultural Center
141 Cherry Street
Helena, AR 72342

Staff must evaluate all items offered to the Delta Cultural Center before formally accepting them for our collection. The more information you are able to provide on the history of the item, the faster and better it will aid the evaluation process. Once we decide to add your item to the collection, we will send you a gift agreement to sign and return. This transfers ownership to the Delta Cultural Center.

Value Appraisal of Items and Finding an Appraiser

The Delta Cultural Center is unable to appraise the value of any object. The museum recommends that an accredited appraiser be contacted directly. The following information is provided to aid in your search for an expert in the field of the object that you may own.

American Society of Appraisers
11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310
Reston, VA 20190
Telephone: 800-272-8258
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.appraisers.org

International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
Telephone: 866-481-1689
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.isa-appraisers.org