ASM by the Numbers

Arizona State Museum celebrated its 125th anniversary in April 2018

ASM by the Numbers

as of November 2018

125 years serving the state, serving the university, serving the community

Established in 1893 by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislative Assembly with House Bill 42

4 early, temporary homes on the UA campus: Old Main, Douglass Building, Forbes Building, Arizona Stadium

Currently housed in 2 historic buildings on the University of Arizona campus

$4.2M annual budget, more than half self-generated through earned income, grants, contracts, and private donations

30 full-time employees

About 50 volunteers help with a range of museum duties on a recurring basis, dozens more help with special events and public programs

More than 3 million cataloged objects dating back 13,000 years:

  • 38,000 cubic feet of bulk archaeological research collections
  • 525,000 photographic prints, negatives, and transparencies 
  • 300,000 individually cataloged archaeological artifacts
  • 100,000 books and journal volumes
  • 40,000 ethnographic objects
  • 35,000 basketry and fiber specimens dating back 8,000 years
  • 24,000 whole pots dating back 2,000 years
  • 6,000 maps
  • 4,000 vertebrate specimens, 600 species
  • 1,500 linear feet of archival documents
  • 1,200+ microfilm reels of Spanish colonial documents
  • 1,000+ sound recordings
  • 250 movie films

1,000 cubic feet of new collections accessioned each year

3 American Treasure collections (pottery, basketry, photography)

100,000+ recorded archaeological sites in AZSITE 

Average 140 permits issued annually for archaeological activity conducted on 9.5M acres of state land

Repatriation totals 1986-2017:

  •    108        Federal Register Notices Published
  •     72           Repatriations Completed
  •     17           Native American Tribes, 1 foreign government (Costa Rica), 1 other group (Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson)
  •     2,706     Human Remains
  •     56,227   Funerary Objects
  •     11           Sacred Objects (SOs)
  •     224        Objects of Cultural Patrimony (OCPs)
  •     110        Items considered both SOs and OCPs

ASM faculty and staff interact in meaningful ways with approximately 2,500 UA students through classroom instruction, laboratory training, field work, internships, and employment, for an annual average of approximately 46,000 contact hours

103 years of impactful peer-reviewed scholarship

New knowledge is created by more than 100 researchers from around the world (including graduate students) who access the collections each year

ASM’s conservation laboratory hosts, assists, and trains staff from dozens of other museums, libraries, and cultural centers each year

50+ public events, programs, workshops, summer camps, and travel tours each year

Scores of exhibits, many award-winning, that have featured collections, shared research, and helped tell the stories of the region’s peoples 

Approximately 2,000 teachers and K-12 students served annually through field trips, in-class presentations, and teacher workshops

200 objects loaned to 16 institutions in the past 5 years

Currently striving to expand to a 3rd building