PHOENIX –A Northern Arizona University sociology professor’s deep love of rock art created by indigenous people led to the creation of the newest photograph collection on the Arizona Memory Project.
Dr. Harold Atwood Widdison traveled around the world documenting rock art for over four decades. The Rock Art Photography of Harold Widdison collection was graciously created and shared by the Museum of Northern Arizona.
“Widdison’s photos include records of sites that no longer exist or that have since been damaged. They document condition and content of sites that have not yet been studied, as well as prior condition of sites that are now well-managed and accessible to the public. As well, Widdison’s photos are beautiful images in their own right,” said Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Danson chair of anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Researchers of the collection will be treated to nearly 200 unique images of rock art from around Arizona. This and other collections from the Museum of Northern Arizona will be available indefinitely for viewing on any digital device at https://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/digital/custom/mna.
For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact [email protected].
The Arizona Memory Project provides free online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. The Arizona Memory Project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.