The UMMA collections are often used by classes organized under the "American Studies" heading. This collection contains portfolios in this vein, as well as additional materials that may be of use for university faculty and UMMA staff.
This learning collection features selected objects, images, prints, paintings, and photographs from the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s collection designed to support educators in the history and social studies classroom. The “American History Abridged” provides highlighted objects and images from United States history, while the other collections feature specialized objects based on specific historical periods. When possible, the distinct historical learning collections include artwork created only during that era rather than works created later the depict earlier events. Some collections also contain contemporary works of art from artists like Kara Walker or Glenn Ligon that incorporate historical themes, subjects, and methodology in their work.
Danny Lyon March on Washington, [SNCC members and friends defiantly gather to sing freedom songs], from "Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement" gelatin silver print on paper 14 x 11 in. ( 35.56 x 27.94 cm ) Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
John Sloan Votes for Women crayon, ink, and graphite on white paper 8 9/16 in x 11 in (21.75 cm x 27.94 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 5/16 in (36.51 cm x 49.05 cm);6 11/16 in x 6 5/16 in (16.99 cm x 16.03 cm) Museum Purchase
Josephine Meckseper Untitled (March on Washington 9/24/05, Coffins, Xray) chromogenic color print on paper 18 3/8 in x 14 in (46.67 cm x 35.56 cm);15 3/8 in x 10 15/16 in (39.05 cm x 27.78 cm);18 3/8 in x 14 in (46.67 cm x 35.56 cm) Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund