The organizers of this site encourage collections-based research in connection with a broad scope of projects, ranging from scholarly and artistic to avocational and hobby-oriented. The Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database provides access to information and images for more than 1300 ethnographic textiles from the American Southwest, now in the permanent collections of over fifty museums across the United States. Most of these objects were created between 1800 and the present by Pueblo, Navajo, Spanish-American and other craftworkers and artists in the Southwest. For more information about this research project and its scope, see other entries in the side navigation bar.
Conditions of Use
All textile photographs in the Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database are copyrighted by the individual owning institutions, which must be contacted directly for information regarding permissions for use. The images of Dr. Wheat’s original analysis forms are copyrighted by the University of Colorado, Boulder; contact the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History for further information and their permission guidelines. The web pages, search engine, and all other contents and components of the Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database are copyrighted, with all rights reserved. Information from this website may be viewed and downloaded for personal, educational, and research purposes. The source should be acknowledged with the citation “The Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database, https://joebenwheat.org” adjacent to the text, which should also include the full name of the owning institution, the catalog number of each object referenced, and a statement regarding permission accorded by the owner if copyrighted images are illustrated. A full bibliographic reference for any publication or report (including dissertations and theses) resulting from the use of these data and images must be provided by notifying us at Contact.
Accuracy and Limitation of Liability
In 1997, Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund and her team at the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies in the Arizona State Museum began preparing Joe Ben Wheat’s book manuscript for publication as Blanket Weaving in the Southwest (University of Arizona Press, 2003). One of the first doctoral graduates of the University of Arizona’s Department of Anthropology, Dr. Wheat had begun recording information about Southwest textiles during a 1972 sabbatical from his position as curator of anthropology at University of Colorado Museum. After his death in 1997, his handwritten entries on over 1500 analysis forms were transcribed at Arizona State Museum and entered into a FileMaker Pro database. Redesigned by David Hayden of Museum Data Solutions in 2011–12, the database established the basis of this web presentation. The opinions, attributions and interpretations expressed are strictly those of Dr. Wheat, as they evolved during fifteen years of research. Neither Dr. Wheat nor the developers of the database and website would claim that these data, as valuable as they are, are entirely consistent as they represent original working entries made without expectations of later computerization. For further information, see Notes on Content and Format.
In every collection catalogue, errors and inconsistencies can occur, but we believe the benefits of sharing this database outweigh the risk of presenting incomplete or inaccurate information. Like all research and publications on museum collections, this database remains a work-in-progress and we therefore cannot guarantee the ultimate accuracy of the information. The data are provided “as is,” without express or implied warranty. The developers of the database and website, the owning institutions, and their staffs are not responsible for damage, injury or loss due to the use of this database and its contents. Positive identification of any textile and its features is best undertaken by direct inspection by the researcher whenever possible. One or more # symbols within the text denote indecipherable characters in Wheat’s original notes; these will be corrected whenever possible.
The data and images in the Joe Ben Wheat Southwest Textile Database are revised and augmented on an occasional basis, although an effort is made to maintain the data as Dr. Wheat first recorded it. The web version of our database is updated periodically, providing you with the most current information possible. Currently, some records do not have associated images; these will be added as they become available.
Note Regarding Appraisals
Ethical guidelines prevent most curators and other museum employees from providing appraisals. For businesses that can assist you with appraisals you may with to consult this link to Appraisals & Appraisers. The list does not indicate any preference or recommendation by the museum. It contains mainly businesses in the Tucson, AZ area. For other areas you may refer to the American Society of Appraisers to locate an appraiser or check with a local gallery that deals with American Indian art.
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