Search the UMMA Digital Image Database
The UMMA Digital Image Database contains over 29,000 images from more than 60 years of archaeological and ethnographic work conducted throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The Museum’s image collection (mostly 35-mm color slides) was put together mainly for use in University teaching and presentations at annual conferences. The majority of the images are original photographs taken by Museum curators and students who conducted research at the Museum while the remaining slides were either donated by researchers and archaeologists conducting their own projects or were commercial (purchased) slides and images taken from various publications that were useful for illustrating objects that the Museum did not possess.
The Museum has worked diligently to identify the sources and content of the slides in its collection and has sought to credit original photographers, book sources, and commercial vendors whenever possible. This process of identification is ongoing and we welcome any comments or suggestions for the identification of image sources and/or content. Please contact the Collections Manager if you can help in identifications or have general questions about the database.
Search the Historical Plant Use Database
The Historical Plant Use Database originated in 1954, when the Museum’s Ethnobotanical Laboratory began to develop a “Compendium of Data on Economic Botany of the Southwest.” The project was started by Curator Volney Jones and was continued by his successor Richard Ford. With funding from the University’s Graduate School, Vorsila Boher and Jones devised a punch card system for creating a taxonomic list of economic plants from the U.S. Southwest that could be cross-indexed by native tribe and category of use. Over more than 30 years, data were collected using this technology. In 2004, Ford, with the help of graduate student assistants, began the work of digitizing the Compendium. Four years of effort produced the “Southwest Traditional Ethnic Group Plant Use Database” (shortened to “Historical Plant Use Database”). Please click here for more information on the database and its importance in ethnobotanical research.