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Armand Winfield Collection

Identifier: Coll 0045

Scope and Contents

Manuscript,magazine and newspaper articles, Resumes, Press Releases, Lantern Slides

This collection contains an unpublished manuscript entitled “Windy,” a bio-novel account of his experience at the 1939 and 1940 field schools as well as experience as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico. It also contains a photocopy of Armand's scrapbook with his captions, a resume, published articles of his plastics research, and glass lantern slides (circa 1940) which relate to Chaco Canyon.


  • 1943-2003 (bulk dates: 1939-1940)

Biographical / Historical

Armand Winfield earned his undergraduate degree in museum studies from Franklin and Marshall College, PA in 1941. It was during his time as Assistant Curator at the school’s museum of anthropology that Winfield gained an interest in the art of museum preservation and conservation. While he was still attending F&M, he took part in the 1940 Chaco Canyon field school as well as the 1939 Jemez Mountain field school in New Mexico. This experience gave him invaluable field experience as well as new ideas on how to preserve and excavate artifacts in the field. After he finished his undergraduate study, Winfield was immediately accepted to the UNM Graduate School of Anthropology. However, his studies at UNM were cut short when he was drafted into military service in 1943. After his return, Winfield enrolled in the Master’s program in Sociology and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he renewed his interest in museum preservation techniques. His research yielded innovative new methods of plaster/plastic casting of objects for preservation. Later he founded his own plastics consulting company and made a name for himself as a custom jewelry designer and architecture critic.


1 Linear foot

Language of Materials




Summary notes for images are Armand's descriptions from inventory that he wrote up, also inlcuded in the collection.


Armand Winfield
Finding Aid for Armand Winfield Collection
Coll 0045
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the NPS Chaco Culture National Historical Park Repository

Chaco Culture NHP & Aztec Ruins NM Museum & Archives Program
Hibben Center Rm 307 - MSC01 1050
450 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM 87106 USA