The Anthropology Museum has built it collections through donations from community members and other area museums. In addition to numerous smaller donations, the Museum has received three major collections:

  • The Ellins Collection: About 160 examples of contemporary Native American art, principally from the American Southwest
  • The Salenger Collection: About 50 items from around the world, mostly masks and weapons from Africa and New Guinea
  • The Webb Collection: About 180 prehistoric and historic ceramic vessels from the American Southwest, mostly Puebloan or Navajo