Guide to the Museum of Anthropology: Lucullus McWhorter Collection Administrative Records circa 1959-1999
Archives 261

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington State University. Museum of Anthropology.
Title
Museum of Anthropology: Lucullus McWhorter Collection Administrative Records
ID
Archives 261
Date [inclusive]
circa 1959-1999
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of photographic slides, collection inventory information, reports, and supporting documentation for the Lucullus McWhorter artifact collection held by the Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Museum of Anthropology: Lucullus McWhorter Collection Administrative Records (UA 261)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University, is a federal archaeological repository and contains both ethnographic and archaeological research collections.

The museum had its beginnings in 1894 when Charles R. Conner, president of the Board of Regents of what was then Washington State College, acquired 2 "carloads" of museum specimens while attending the Chicago World's Fair. These items were combined with other materials on campus to form the core of the Washington State College Museum of Natural History.

During 1949-1950, the Natural History Museum was divided by discipline, and anthropological specimens were transferred to the Department of Anthropology. Some of the ethnographic materials were in display cases in Todd Hall on campus from 1951 to 1963, but most were placed in storage in the Todd basement. In 1963, the displayed materials were also put in storage.

All these materials remained in storage until September 1968, when they were transferred to the new Museum of Anthropology in the neighboring building, Johnson Tower. Most historic artifacts held by the anthropology department were transferred to "well-established historical collections in the Northwest Region" in accordance with a directive from the university president.

The museum in Johnson Tower was extensively remodeled in 1975. In 1984 the museum (along with all the branches of the anthropology department) moved to its current space in College Hall. Currently, the public area of the museum is 2,500 square feet, with a preparation room and an environmentally controlled storage vault equipped with a "movable aisle" storage system.

(Source: Washington State University Museum of Anthropology website, "History of the Museum".)

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of photographic slides, collection inventory information, reports, and supporting documentation for the Lucullus McWhorter artifact collection held by the Museum of Anthropology, Washington State University.

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Arrangement note

These materials have been arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The administrative records of the Lucullus McWhorter artifact collection were transferred to the University Archives from the Museum of Anthropology in 2005.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 2006 by Cheryl Gunselman.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Selected images from this collection have been digitized and can be found online in the: L.V. McWhorter Native American Artifacts Digital Collection.

The artifacts described and depicted in these records are held by the Museum of Anthropology, College Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Two related archival collections are held in MASC:

Lucullus Virgil McWhorter Papers, 1848-1945 (Cage 55)

L. V. McWhorter Photograph Collection (PC 85)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University. Museum of Anthropology -- Records and correspondence.

Subject(s)

  • Anthropology
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Native Americans

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

"The McWhorter Collection: A History and Current Location Assessment," Mary Collins, Museum of Anthropology, 1997 

1 1

Collection appraisal report, Pawel Racza Gallery, 1999 

2

Catalog cards (photocopies), Museum of Anthropology, circa 1959 

3

Unidentified cards and descriptive information, including drawings (photocopies), National Park Service, undated 

4

Artifact labels, undated 

5-6

Catalog cards, National Park Service, 1967-1968 

7

News clippings (about McWhorter collection), 1991-1996 

8

Slides; 1984, 1986 

9