Dr. Morris Steggerda Collection
Dr. Morris Steggerda (1900-1950) was an early 20th century physical anthropologist. Most of his career was spent as a Professor of Anthropology at the Hartford Seminary Foundation. He conducted fieldwork in Mesoamerica researching the physical characteristics of contemporary Mayan Indians. Along with metric and morphological data, Steggerda brought back hundreds of cultural and natural specimens from his fieldwork expeditions. Donated to the University of Connecticut upon his death, the collection consists of Mayan and other Central American Indian artifacts from stone tools to beautifully woven hammocks, Mesoamerican animal skeletal remains and skins, as well as botanical specimens. His eclectic collection also includes objects from his travels to South America, the American Southwest and Egypt.