About SAR

Discover the Living Spirit of Native Art, Home Fires EventDiscover the Living Spirit of Native Art, Home Fires EventThe SAR Boardroom at Sunset, Saturday, August 11, 2010. Discover the Living Spirit of Native Art
Discover the Living Spirit of Native Art, Home Fires Event
The White Estate, c.1928The White Estate, c.1928Unidentified Photographer, School for Advanced Research Archives.
The White Estate, c.1928
Olivia MermejoOlivia Mermejo2010 SAR-SPA Summer Intern
Olivia Mermejo
Daniel Usner Jr.Daniel Usner Jr.2010 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Daniel Usner Jr.
Mimbres Lives and LandscapesMimbres Lives and Landscapes
Mimbres Lives and Landscapes

The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists. SAR realizes its mission through an array of programs, including the Indian Arts Research Center; fellowships for scholars-in-residence; week-long gatherings of scholars in advanced seminars; the annual J. I. Staley Prize for excellence in anthropological writing; residential fellowships for Native American artists; and SAR Press, which publishes scholarly books arising from SAR’s programs as well as general-interest books on the Southwest and Native American arts.


The School is guided by its Board of Managers, while a staff of thirty carries out the School’s programs. Moving forward into the twenty-first century, SAR is forming an interactive community of scholars. Scholars on the School's staff, scholars-in-residence, and research associates work on individual projects as well as contributing to dialogues across disciplinary boundaries.


The School has built up a substantial endowment over the last thirty years that helps support its operations. SAR also depends heavily on annual contributions, federal and private grants, bequests, and the generosity of its patrons and Board members.

Home Page Background Image Credit: Ceramic jars in IARC’s collection, from the following Pueblos: Zuni, Hopi, San Ildefonso, Zia, and Cochiti. Photograph by Addison Doty.

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