180 ± years of anthropological collecting at the University of Michigan: Excavating the history of the U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
The University of Michigan will celebrate its 200th and 180th birthdays in 2017. From its conceptualization in Detroit in 1817 to its arrival in Ann Arbor in 1837, museums and collections have been part of the vision for the University. This talk traces the evolution of this vision through a focus on anthropological collecting, from the reported arrival of the first ethnographic object in 1840 to the creation of an independent Museum of Anthropology in 1922 and to the present. In so doing, we look at important people, objects and collections and how museum research both shaped and was shaped by the development of anthropology at the University of Michigan.