Photographic collections in the Museum of Anthropology document the objects in the collections as well as archaeological field projects conducted by curators, students, staff, and affiliated researchers. The collections consist of approximately 32,000 color 35-mm slides; 24,000 black and white negatives; 4000 lantern slides; and 5000 glass negatives.
Over the past decade, the Museum has begun to digitize these collections:
UMMA Digital Image Database
The UMMA Digital Image Database currently contains more than 29,000 images and metadata. It includes photographs from original excavations, personal collecting, reference books and magazines, as well as images of artifacts within the Museum's collections. These images are available to the students, educators, and the public via the Digital Library Production Services of the University of Michigan Library.
Dean C. Worcester Photograph Collection
The Dean C. Worcester Collection consists of more than 4700 glass plate photographic negatives and prints taken in the Philippines between 1890 and 1913, by Dean C. Worcester and colleagues. Worcester first traveled to the Philippines with U-M zoologist Joseph Beal Steere in 1887, while still a University of Michigan undergraduate. After the Philippines became a U.S. colony in 1898, Worcester was appointed Secretary of the Interior of the colonial government (1901–1913) and remained in the Philippines until his death in 1924. Worcester was an avid photographer, and he and his staff took nearly 16,000 photographs between 1890 and 1913—documenting indigenous Philippine communities and traditional lifeways as well as activities of the colonial administration. A total of 4775 original glass plate negatives and lantern slide from the Worcester archives are held by UMMA. Nearly 1200 of these images have been published on CD-ROM by the Museum's Publication division.