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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Anthropology

DUMA museum collections

Museum of Anthropology


E. B. Renaud

Dr. Etienne B. Renaud founded the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology in 1931. The museum holds Renaud's archaeological collections and field notes from excavations in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

The University of Denver Library houses many of Renaud's publications. For access, contact the Special Collections Department.

Collections from around the world

DUMA’s ethnographic collection contains objects from around the world, including Africa, Oceania and the American Southwest. Highlights include pottery by San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez and the African textile field collection of DU Anthropologist Kate Peck Kent.

DUMA's archaeology collection focuses on sites from Colorado and the American Southwest. One of the most researched collections is from Franktown Cave, a dry cave in Colorado. Archaeologists excavating the cave found yucca sandals and hide moccasins dating 4,000-6,000 years ago. In 2010, the museum received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to rehouse the Franktown Cave collection.

DU faculty and students and visiting scholars use collections for a wide range of purposes including thesis research, exhibits and scholarly publications.

collections access

As a public resource and research center for students, faculty and visiting scholars, DUMA encourages ethically responsible collections research and use. To access the collections please email the Curator of Collections or call 303-871-2543.

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