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Cultural Anthropology Collections

Ethnological collections are a part of every geographic region represented in the anthropology holdings. The core of these collections were made in the late 19th century and early 20th century during a series of expeditions to document cultures that museum curators thought might vanish as modern industrial society transformed their homelands. The collections contain incredibly beautiful art objects, objects of every-day use, textiles, baskets, tools, musical instruments, and more!

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Ethnological collections are a part of every geographic region represented in the anthropology holdings. The core of these collections were made in the late 19th century and early 20th century during a series of expeditions to document cultures that museum curators thought might vanish as modern industrial society transformed their homelands. The collections contain incredibly beautiful art objects, objects of every-day use, textiles, baskets, tools, musical instruments, and more!

Unfortunately, active collection began to decline after the mid-20th century, as resources for expeditionary work declined. Recently, however, the Museum established a new acquisitions fund for anthropology collections that will allow us to continue to document the diversity of material culture. We are building on the strengths of our existing collections and opening new areas for collection through research on contemporary urban life.

 

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