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Blanket Weaving in the Southwest and Southwest Textile Database records

Identifier: SWT

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, image rights forms, museum catalogs, and images related to the efforts of Ann Lane Hedlund and the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies to publish Joe Ben Wheat’s manuscript on Southwestern weaving, posthumously titled Blanket Weaving in the Southwest (University of Arizona Press, 2003), and efforts to create a database of the textiles examined and photographed by Wheat, entitled the Southwest Textile Database ( The records show the editing and review process which brought Blanket Weaving to publication as well as the extensive efforts of Hedlund and other Center staff to secure rights for the many images featured in the book and its sister project, the textile database.


  • Creation: 1970-2010
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1997-2003


Historical note

Ann Lane Hedlund studied with Dr. Joe Ben Wheat at the University of Colorado in 1973-74 (completing her B.A. in Anthropology in August 1974) and in 1979-1983 (completing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology in August 1983, with Wheat as her major professor; dissertation: “Contemporary Navajo Weaving: An Ethnography of a Native Craft”). During the latter period, she served as the part-time Research Assistant in the Anthropology Section at the University of Colorado Museum and worked closely with Wheat on his Southwestern textile research project. After Hedlund’s graduation and Wheat retirement, Hedlund was hired as Assistant Professor/Curator of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Museum, where she served from 1984-1986. Subsequently she worked as curator at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos and as assistant and associate professor of anthropology/director of museum studies at Arizona State University, Tempe. In 1997, Hedlund transferred to the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona, Tucson, where she served as a full professor/curator of anthropology and directed the Gloria F. Ross Center for Tapestry Studies on campus. Wheat died in 1997, leaving his work on Southwestern textiles incomplete and unpublished. The latter positions in Tucson allowed Hedlund to raise funds and form a team of students and specialists to assist her in compiling, editing, and publishing


4.75 linear feet (4 bankers boxes, 3 metal slide cases, and 1 small clamshell box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into eight series derived from the materials' original order.


Ann Lane Hedlund donated the collection to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Section, in 2023.

Physical Description

Typewritten and printed documents, photocopies, color prints, and slides

Processing Information

The series present in this arrangement were also present in Hedlund’s original order. Folder titles have been preserved with some additions or changes for clarity. Many folders contain material that was originally housed in three-ring binders. These documents have been rehoused in the interest of long-term preservation and economy of space. Several pages of Wheat’s original notes and manuscripts were present among the files in this collection. The archivist removed these and placed them with the Joe Ben Wheat collection on textiles (JBT).

Processing and inventory by Will Gregg, Summer 2023.

Guide to the Blanket Weaving in the Southwest and Southwest Textile Database records
Will Gregg and Adrian Johnson
November 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the CU Museum of Natural History Repository

15th and Broadway
Henderson Building
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder Colorado 80302