Historic photo of the collections storage area in the Laboratory of Anthropology

MIAC/LAB Archives is temporarily closed to MIAC/Archives to on-site researchers until August 22, 2022.  

The museum’s archives contain institutional and ethnographic records including 8,000 historic and contemporary images; manuscript archives documenting early Laboratory of Anthropology staff projects; and papers and correspondence relating to the history of anthropology in the Southwest.

The Archive contains the institutional files of the Laboratory of Anthropology from its founding in 1927, administrative records of the Field Schools of 1929–1936, and maps and oversize drawings of Museum Hill buildings. The archives also include special collections including Mabel Morrow’s notes and sketches, the Dorothy Dunn Kramer collection, and A.V. Kidder’s records of Pecos. Photographs relating to the Lab’s work, as well as manuscripts of researchers comprise part of the archives. The main collection is organized and catalogued. The acquisition and processing of new collections, which include private papers, is a continuous endeavor.

The archive is open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Please call Diane Bird, Archivist, at 505-476-1255 for further information or to make an appointment to conduct research.