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Zuni Pueblo. Photograph by Ben Wittick (ca. 1940's) (Cat# 97.10.22)

See Maxwell Museum Photos in the New Mexico Digital Collections online.

The Maxwell Archives are open to the public.

The document archives include supporting documentation from the University of New Mexico’s Archaeological Field Schools; personal papers, letters, and manuscripts of professors from UNM’s Anthropology Department and other anthropologists, Maxwell Museum archives and more.

The Maxwell has approximately 10,000 photographs in its archive.  These include the work of such noted photographers as Joseph Imhof and John Collier, Jr. and the substantial Soil Conservation Service Collection and many more. 

For access to the Archives please see policies on collections use and contact the Museum Archivist.  

While the Reading Room is open to the public, due to ongoing concerns with COVID-19, there are restirctions to access and use of materials in the archives.  Please contact the Archvisit find out what current restrictions are in place.

Museum Reading Room Hours are by appointment, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you need to visit the Museum Archives on a day other than Tuesday or Thursday, contact the Archivist to make arrangements.  Please note that "drop ins" to the Archives cannot be accommodated due to limited staffing. 


Highlighted Archival Collections: 
Florence Hawley Ellis Papers
The Florence Hawley Ellis Papers (1859-2009) include personal/biographical papers, correspondence, archaeological field school documentation, publications (published and unpublished articles, monographs, etc.), dendrochronology research, maps, photographs, and teaching and research material on the ethnology, archaeology and anthropology of the American Southwest.
General Archives of the Maxwell Museum
The Maxwell General Archives are composed of published and unpublished manuscripts, including draft manuscripts, various papers, notes, emails, monographs, serial publications etc. from individuals and corporations over the years. Many of these materials were included with collections that came into the museum with archaeological or ethnological artifacts and materials. The collection will continue to grow.