The William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology, a component of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, was founded in 1931 primarily to house large archaeological collections recovered by Webb's statewide excavation projects. Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, these projects used Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corp laborers. Unlike the Tennessee and Alabama excavation projects, however, the majority of Kentucky sites was not inundated by reservoir construction and continues to be a focus of research in the state. The images in this digital archive are a sampling of the museum's photographic collection dating to the WPA era. The Webb Museum is the largest repository of archaeological material and archives in the state and continues to curate collections from university projects and Federal Cultural Resource Management work for the purposes of research, classroom instruction, and exhibition. The museum contains approximately 9,500 archaeological collections and 85,000 archival items (paper records, photographs, and film) relating to Kentucky archaeology, and is available to researchers with approved research proposals.

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