Computerized collections database

Our Anthropology Collections Database has recently migrated to a new information management software system called EMu. 

With collections numbering over 1.5 million objects (and growing), EMu is helping us manage our records efficiently in several ways:

    • A high level of relationality – Information about objects, places, people, and collecting events is now all linked together throughout the database.
    • Interdepartmental data sharing – Our Botany and Zoology departments are also using the same EMu database software, a vital step towards uniting all of the Museum's 70+ academic databases into as a shared pool of vital collections information.
    • Contribute to our collections information using our new Web portal where you may write down your own observations, corrections, and comments about every object in our collections.
    • Expert participation – If you are interested in web access to our collections database, please email: Chris Philipp, Department of Anthropology at