May Collection and Gallery

View the Copley Library digital archive of the David W. May American Indian Collection.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment

The May Collection and Gallery are distinctive components of our Department of Anthropology. Part of University Galleries, The David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery, enable our students to examine art and artifacts from American Indians cultures–especially those of the Southwest. Students also assist in curatiing annual exhibitions displayed the May Gallery located in Serra Hall, Room 214A.

The May Collection was donated to the University of San Diego by Dorothy Zama May in honor of her son, David, who was an alumnus of the university. He and his family were avid travelers and enthusiasts of the Southwestern United States and created an impressive collection of more than 2000 artifacts (baskets, pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, textiles, folk art, musical instruments, paintings, fetishes, ceremonial costumes, stone tools, weapons, cradleboards and dolls). These are used to explore Native American art and material culture, both past and present.

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