Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

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Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology is Brown University's anthropology museum. The museum has a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) gallery in Manning Hall 41°49′18″N 71°24′16″W / 41.82167°N 71.40444°W / 41.82167; -71.40444 on the university campus in Providence, Rhode Island. Its Collections Research Center is located in Bristol, RI 41°40′43″N 71°14′13″W / 41.67861°N 71.23694°W / 41.67861; -71.23694.

History

The museum and its Bristol grounds were donated to Brown by the family of Rudolf F. Haffenreffer in 1955. It is one of the finest centers in New England for research on Native American material culture. Its holdings total more than 110,000 items, of which 73,000 are archaeological artifacts and 15,000 are ethnographic. While strongest in Native North American materials, the museum also contains significant material from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, including:

  • 69,966 archeological and 6,000 ethnological objects from North America
  • 2,534 archeological and 3,000 ethnological items from South and Central America
  • 40 archeological and 3,000 ethnological items from Africa, some by contemporary artisans
  • 399 archeological and 400 ethnological items from Europe
  • 1,100 ethnological items from Asia
  • 5 archeological and 1,500 ethnological items from Oceania

The museum is also a federally-designated repository for 20,000 archaeological objects excavated by Arctic researchers from National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Alaska.

Building Activity

  • OpenBuildings
    OpenBuildings updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via Annotator
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    OpenBuildings updated a digital reference and added a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via OpenBuildings.com