We are a consortium of institutions in
Arizona with significant documentary collections in the art and culture of
the native peoples of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
The Arizona State Museum, founded as the Arizona Territorial Museum in 1893, collects, preserves, researches and interprets the cultures of the Greater Southwest, including Arizona and Northern Mexico. The photographic, archives and library collections constitute significant ethnological, archaeological and ethnohistoric resources. The research library contains the classic and contemporary published research in southwestern ethnology, ethnohistory and archaeology. It also has a specialized collection of archaeological grey literature, which includes short-run publications and brief reports about archaeological clearances. surveys, testing and excavation. In the photography archives, photographic documentation of Indian communities is outstanding, including important work of Helga Teiwes, Forman Hanna and E.B.Sayles. The archives contain original, ethnographic and archaeological field documentation and other papers of eminent scholars such as Edward Spicer, Grenville Goodwin, Edward Dozier and Emil Haury. In addition, a rich body of sound recordings of Indian oral history, music and linguistic data were collected during the Doris Duke Oral History Project and smaller programs.
The Heard Museum Library and Archives focuses on Native American art and culture, with an emphasis on the Greater Southwest, contemporary Native American fine art, ethnoarts, Native American writings, anthropology, and museum studies. The bibliographic collections include more than 27,500 book titles and more than 1,000 serial titles in 3,000 volumes. The Native American Artists Resource Collection contains information on more than 17,000 Native American artists working in any media, including artists not represented in the museum's fine art collections. Files typically include bibliographies, exhibition notices, gallery announcements, clippings, resumes, and other biographic information. The Resource Collection is unique in its broad scope and depth. The Documentary Research Collections contain more than 200 linear feet of unique manuscripts, photographs, and other materials from a variety of sources. Notable collections include the Fred Harvey Company papers; the color photographs of Barry M. Goldwater; and the R. Brownell McGrew collection. The Video and Film collection contains more than 450 programs. In addition to commercial programming on Native American subjects, the collection includes unique oral histories and programs produced by the Heard Museum. The Sound Recordings collection contains Native Southwestern music, record copies of lectures and programs presented at the Heard Museum, and unique audio field notes and oral histories made while researching exhibitions at the museum. The Slide Library contains thousands of 35mm copy slides of Native American fine art and ethnographic collections from the museum's collections as well as from other museums and private collections.
The Museum of Northern Arizona, founded in 1928 as a regional, private, nonprofit institution, is internationally recognized as a premier research facility dedicated to the study and interpretation of the natural and social sciences of the Colorado Plateau. Disciplines represented by the Museum's extensive collections, research, and education programs include anthropology, biology, fine arts, and paleontology. The library, archives, and photo archives are special collections of the Museum. Their primary objective is to gather in one location as comprehensive a collection of bibliographic and manuscript resources from the Colorado Plateau as possible. The library holdings are strongest in the fields of archaeology, ethnology, and geology, with slightly less emphasis on biology, geography, history, art, and museology of the Colorado Plateau, including many unpublished reports on regional scientific expeditions and other pieces of "gray" literature. The archives consist of manuscript collections which contain diaries, field notes, letters and personal papers of well-known southwestern personalities as well as audio tapes of Native American ceremonies, Native American languages, and oral histories. The photo archives contain some 150,000 images of the Colorado Plateau, from glass plate negatives dating to the late 1800's to recent color transparencies. Subjects represented include early scientific expeditions on the Plateau, European settlement of the Plateau, ethnology of Native American Tribes of the region, documentary shots of archaeological or paleontological sites as well as the history and development of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site museum and repository owned and operated by the City of Phoenix. Beyond the site itself, the collecting focus is on scientifically conducted archaeological projects from sites within the Phoenix metropolitan area, many of which no longer exist. These collections form the primary body of data for archaeological research and interpretation for the area. Pueblo Grande is committed to interpretation and education based on these collections, which hold a wealth of information for the public. Virtually all of the Museum's public programs are based on information held within the Museum's archives, library, and object collections documentation. The archives consist of documentary materials, in both paper and photographic form, which are collected and generated during archaeological projects conducted on sites owned by the City of Phoenix. They constitute an important element of preservation, research and scientifically based interpretation of the archaeology of the region. The research library collection is focused on the archaeology, history and cultures of central Arizona. Resources span the time from 1800 to the present, and encompass regional archaeology, cultural history, natural history, and other topics pertinent to museology.