Anthropology Building, University of New Mexico

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Located in the former Student Union, the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Department of Anthropology is situated in an adobe building located on the western side of UNM’s central campus. The Anthropology Building was designed by famous architect John Gaw Meem in the Spanish- Pueblo Revival style in 1937, and served as UNM’s Student Union from 1937-1959. Upon completion of the new student union building in 1959, the Department of Anthropology and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology moved from Scholes Hall to its present location. In 1972, the building was expanded to include the Museum annex and a patio. Currently, the building contains a museum, a number of labs, classrooms, offices, and the Clark Field Archive and Library.

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"Anthropology Annex, looking southwest with Electrical and Engineering in the background, March 1998," photograph, (acc 028 002 021). Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

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