Research into a 1945 museum exchange

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

Hannah Thoms, an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, is pursuing research into a collection of Papuan material sent from the Field (then the Chicago Museum of Natural History) to the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropological Archaeology in 1945. Thoms visited the Museum archives to read correspondence between the two institutions. The Field was fortunately able to provide her, and UMMAA, with further provenience information on the objects exchanged. Thoms also photographed objects at the Field that were similar to the material at UMMAA, for comparison purposes.

Hannah Thoms photographs a Papua New Guinean bag in collections storage

Background image: Port Moresby by Hitchster. CC BY 2.0 / cropped and desaturated from original

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