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A School for Advanced Research membership opens doors to exploring a world of ideas about past and present peoples around the world and in the Southwest, as well as Native American life and arts. Become a SAR member today. Individual memberships start at $50. Or, if you are already a member, you can renew your membership here.

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A School for Advanced Research membership opens doors to a world of ideas. We share knowledge about past and present peoples around the world, including Native American life and arts of the American Southwest. Consider these benefits ...


The SAR lecture series offers diverse and thought-provoking presentations from the world’s premier authorities. An illustrated calendar poster describing the series is mailed to all members in the fall and mailings announce each lecture in advance. Monthly SPARKS talks feature off-beat topics on Southwest history, anthropology, and art.

Indian Arts Research Center

With its magnificent collection of Southwest Native American art, the Indian Arts Research Center is an outstanding cultural and educational resource. The vaults house more than 12,000 items of pottery, textiles, jewelry, katsinas, basketry, and paintings. The collection reflects a wish to preserve Southwest Indian art, to facilitate scholarly research, and to foster innovation among indigenous artists. With advance reservations, members receive free docent-led tours of the collection.

SAR Press

SAR Press publishes scholarly works arising from SAR’s programs and books of popular interest on the life and arts of peoples of the Southwest. Members receive a 20% discount on all SAR publications. Certain membership levels also include the chance to select a free book or books from the SAR Press catalog.

Invitations to Field Trips and Special Events

Members receive announcements to go on field trips—a popular perk of SAR membership. The higher levels of membership receive priority notice and special invitations to attend other events at SAR.

Annual Review: Creativity and Research at SAR

Much more than a staid accounting of activities, this publication is a dynamic presentation of the state of knowledge and creativity about the human experience. The Annual Review profiles people and events at the School during the year.

Monthly Email Newsletter

SAR's email newsletter keeps members informed about the many events taking place on campus, provides up-to-date information on field trips and lectures, and highlights recent news about the creative and scholarly work on the human experience that SAR supports.

Access to SAR's Library

The Catherine McElvain Library has a strong collection on the history of archaeology, ethnology, physical anthropology, and linguistics. Individual workspaces and a current journals browsing area are available for SAR Members, who also enjoy loan privileges at the Library.

For additional information contact Jean Schaumberg at schaumberg[at] To purchase a membership over the phone call (505) 954-7245.

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