University of Nebraska State Museum Collection Management Project

Collections Management Program

The Anthropology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum curates worldwide ethnological and archaeological collections. The collection includes over 40,000 objects, with regional strength in Asia, Africa, Native North America, Oceania, and the upper Amazon, and notable holdings worldwide in textiles, basketry, and pottery. The archaeological collection focuses on Nebraska archaeology with particular strength in Paleoindian materials, but also includes material from across the globe.

This internship program is designed to foster the intellectual growth of students through training and hands-on experience. The dedicated work of student interns helps the division fulfill the University of Nebraska State Museum's mission.

Applications are due April 20, 2021

Application Internship Contract Form

2021 Internship Cataloging Projects:

Interns will be asked to select one of the following four collection areas for cataloging during their internship.

  1. American Archaeology
    • American archaeological artifacts, primarily form Nebraska, make up the core of the UNSM Archaeology collection. Human history of the Plains region dates back 13,000 years. Paleoindian collections at the UNSM are a key regional piece of the larger historical puzzle for understanding how humans survived and thrived in the region during periods of climactic change. This collection includes significant archaeological material recovered by Robert F. Gilder during the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as the Perry Anderson collection of approximately 3,500 Paleoindian or Earliest American projectile points and stone tools.
  2. World Archaeology
    • The collection holds archaeological material from around the globe. This collection centers on Middle Eastern, Central American, and South American artifacts. The highlights of the World Archaeology collection are a range of ceramics including statuary from Mexico, jars and pots from Bolivia, tiles from Turkey, and Roman oil lamps from Italy. Also included in this collection are a large number of stone tools, mainly from Egypt.
  3. Southwestern Ceramics
    • One of the Anthropology collection’s strengths is its over 400 Southwestern Native American ceramics. The collection includes artists Maria Martinez, Emma Lewis, Carmelita Dunlap, and Lucy Yearflower Tafoya and features multiple Puebloan tribes. The majority of the collection is made up of bowls, jars and pots, but also includes animal effigies, wedding vases, and moccasins.
  4. Northwest Coast and California Basketry
    • The Anthropology collection features a selection of Northwest coast and California basketry. The collection features mostly Hupa, Karuk, Pomo, Tlingit, and Salish basketry. Although not as numerous as the Southwestern or Plains collections, the basketry collection is significant and represents an important cultural practice.
  5. Other

The Anthropology Division of the University of Nebraska State Museum explores the rich cultural diversity of our shared world through collecting, curating, researching, and exhibiting archaeological and ethnographic objects from cultures both past and present.

The division illuminates both cultural differences and similarities throughout the world and how such interconnectivity creates opportunities for intercultural learning. The division contributes to our understanding of shared cultural heritage by making material culture accessible to students, scholars, cultural practitioners, and our publics in Nebraska and around the world.

The division fulfills this mission through ethical stewardship, cultural relativism, collaborative partnerships, and respect for the expertise of Indigenous communities.