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A.T.Newman Indian Artifacts

The Newman Collection

The Adin T. Newman Indian Artifacts Collection, on permanent loan to the university from the family of collector Adin T. Newman since 1963, has been an invaluable resource for students. Recently, a public history class gained valuable hands-on experience with research and museum curation and collaborated with peers in anthropology, women's studies and economics to bring new perspectives to the centuries-old objects.

Lifelong interest in the past 

brings opportunity to the future

Adin T. Newman, of Bloomer, Wis., had a deep interest in Indian lore that took him on many trips to South Dakota, found him participating in archeological digs in Wisconsin, and eventually inspired people in the area to bring him their own finds. Along the way, he befriended Dewey Beard, a Lakota and one of the few survivors of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre and the Battle of Little Big Horn. Newman began purchasing various artifacts, some belonging to Beard, around 1925.


Students working on Newman collection

Student leadership in action

The Newman gift has allowed students to lead the way, asking questions, doing the research, taking ownership in the information, sharing it with the university community and collaborating with faculty, staff and community partners. View their work, including the Guide to the Newman Indian Artifacts Collection and student website, which lists important community partners.

Newman Indian artifact collection

A confluence of cultures

Students in American Indian Studies, art, literature and history programs have benefitted richly from the Newman Collection for decades. As more disciplines across campus come to know and learn from these items, appreciation for the culture and the knowledge gained is immeasurable. Learn more about American Indian Studies and Public History.

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"This experience is really going to serve students well as they move into a professional environment."

- Erin Devlin, assistant professor of history