UMMAA’s collections are held at the Research Museum Center, south of central campus. This climate-controlled building houses a remarkable collection of three million archaeological and ethnographic objects. Only a tiny percentage of them have a photographic record. This spring (March 2023), Bruce Worden, the Museum’s illustrator, began working with UMMAA collection managers Andrea Blaser and Jim Moss to remedy that: each week, he photographs hundreds of objects and adds them to what will become a public database. Follow these posts for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the objects in UMMAA’s collections. Text by Jim Moss, photos by Bruce Worden. 

This photo shows a sample of corn collected from across Hopi Nation in 1955.