The University of Arizona Press' new open access books about archaeological expedition

The University of Arizona Press' new open access books about archaeological expedition

May 22, 2024
Three UA Press open access book covers

Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition

The University of Arizona Press (UA Press) is thrilled to feature a new collection featuring new and previously published works on the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition available on our open access platform, Open Arizona.

In the fall of 1886, Boston philanthropist Mary Tileston Hemenway sponsored an archaeological expedition to the American Southwest.

Directed by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, the Hemenway Expedition sought to trace the ancestors of the Zuñis with an eye toward establishing a museum for the study of American Indians.

In the third year of fieldwork, Hemenway's overseeing board fired Cushing based on doubts concerning his physical health and mental stability, and much of the expedition's work went unpublished. Today it is recognized as a critical base for research for southwestern archaeology.

The three books make up this series are all edited by Curtis M. Hinsley and David R. Wilcox

  1. On a Trail of Southwest Discovery
  2. The Lost Itinerary of Frank Hamilton Cushing
  3. The Southwest in the American Imagination

The volumes in this collection examine the expedition through the diaries and writings of those who participated. These books are part of the Southwest Center Series, an ongoing partnership between UA Press and the Southwest Center, which is a research unit of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Arizona.

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