Founded in 1931 by archaeologist Dr. Etienne B. Renaud, DUMA houses both archaeological and ethnographic collections. Renaud's archaeological collections, the first of DUMA's collections, span six states--Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Focused on the Southwest
DUMA's collection focus still remains in the southwest United States but has grown to include objects from around the world. Now DUMA houses over 150,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, representing a wide range of cultures and peoples, helping students to experience the human imagination and skill required in the production of ceramics, basketry, textiles and tools.
Sharing with the World
DUMA strives to keep its collections active by encouraging responsible research and use by DU students and faculty, and complying with research requests from all over the world.
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