Marietta Wetherill Collection
In 1954 the heirs of Marietta Wetherill at her behest gave the University of New Mexico, Maxwell Museum, her extensive collection of Native American artifacts, textiles, silver work and other items . Marietta Wetherill's husband, Richard Wetherill, was an explorer of the Four Corners area and discoverer of ruins at Mesa Verde, Colorado, the Basket Maker culture of Cave 7 in Utah, the ruins of Keet Seel in Arizona and was the first to head up excavations of ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The excavations were guided by Dr. Pepper of the University of Pennsylvania. He also discovered hundreds of other non-descript ruins in the Four Corners area. He was killed in 1910 by an angry customer near his trading post at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The photos here are only a small portion of the collection.