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Our current fundraising priorities

Your support is crucial to our success. We depend on the generosity of members and friends for the essential support needed to care for collections, create new knowledge, and share resources with the world in many and varied ways. Perhaps one of our current fundraising priorities will inspire you to invest in us even more.


Priority Area #1: Storage Upgrades for Photographic Collections
ASM is striving to complete much-needed environmental upgrades to preserve its highly prized photographic collection, designated an American Treasure in late 2018. The vision is a secure and controlled multi-climate suite on the third floor of ASM’s north building. This will immediately stabilize ASM's sensitive and at-risk media. It is estimated that this facility will extend the life of a color slide, for example, by one thousand years, ensuring that the entire collection will continue to be available to students, researchers, members of Native American communities, and the general public for centuries to come. The total project budget is $2.25 million. Federal grants in the amounts of $500,000 and $350,000, in-kind contributions by the University of Arizona, and private donations are combining to bring this important initiative within reach of completion. The outstanding need is about $201,000. Read more. Watch this video.

Priority Area #2: Archaeological Curation and Research Facility
A high priority is an off-campus curation facility in Tucson. Collecting for more than a century and housed in two historic buildings on the University of Arizona campus, ASM is quickly running out of space to curate and facilitate research on archaeological collections recovered from state, county, and municipal lands in Arizona. Continual retrofits, upgrades, and modernizations since the early 2000s have maximized existing space but ASM is at capacity. Nothing more can be done on campus without sacrificing even more space currently devoted to exhibitions and public programs and, thus, harming ASM's ability to share collections with the public. The total project budget is $9.5M. To date, about $1.5M is in hand (cash and pledges).

Priority Area #3: Collections Information System
Having raised nearly $360,000, ASM is about a year away from launching a state-of-the-art computerized collections information system (CIS). This new system will not only improve ASM’s ability to manage its vast holdings and serve researchers, it will allow curators to share ASM’s vast and important collections with the public through an interactive website. The goal is to raise an additional $20,000 to complete the project. Thereafter, the need will be $20,000 a year for user licenses, web hosting fees, and to continually add and hone data content and user interfaces. 

Priority Area #4: The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship
The vision is an endowed faculty position shared by the UA School of Anthropology (SoA) and ASM. The incumbent will teach through SoA, using ASM’s collections, and also conduct research and publish on the material culture of the Indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southwest and northwest Mexico. To date, the principal of the endowment fund stands at about $1.4M in cash and pledges. The goal is $3M. The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship was established in 2010 by Tanner’s family, in honor of her 50-year career of teaching, research, publication, and public outreach.

To explore these and other giving opportunities, contact:

Darlene F. Lizarraga
Office of Development
Arizona State Museum
(520) 626-8381