2019 Mississippi Code
Title 39 - Libraries, Arts, Archives and History
Chapter 19 - Museum Unclaimed Property Act
§ 39-19-9. Termination of loan for unclaimed property
- A museum may terminate a loan for unclaimed property in its possession as follows:
(a) The museum shall make a good faith and reasonable search for the identity and last known address of the lender from the museum records and other records reasonably available to museum staff. If the museum identifies the lender and the lender’s last known address, the museum shall give actual notice to the lender that the loan is terminated pursuant to subsection (b) of this section. If the identify or the last known address of the lender remains unknown after the search, the museum shall give notice by publication pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.
(b) Actual notice of termination of a loan of unclaimed property shall take substantially the following form. The museum shall send a letter by restricted certified mail to the lender at the lender’s last known address giving a notice of termination of the loan, which shall include the following information:
(i) Date of notice of termination;
(ii) Name of lender;
(iii) Description of property in sufficient detail for ready identification;
(iv) Approximate beginning date of the loan (and termination date, if applicable), if known;
(v) The name and address of the appropriate museum official to be contacted regarding the loan; and
(vi) A statement that within ninety (90) days of the date of the notice of termination, the lender is required to remove the property from the museum or contact the designated official in the museum in writing to preserve the lender’s interests in the property and that failure to do so will result in the loss of all rights in the property pursuant to Section 39-19-11.
(c) If the museum is unable to identify sufficient information to send actual notice pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, or if a signed return receipt of a notice sent by restricted certified mail under subsection (b) of this section is not received by the museum within thirty (30) days after the notice is mailed, the museum shall publish the notice of termination of loan containing all the information available to the museum as provided in subsection (b)(i) through (v) of this section at least twice, sixty (60) or more days apart, in a publication of general circulation in the county in which the museum is located, and the county of the lender’s last known address, if known.