Lucy's Legacy: Preserving the Search for Human Origins (Video)

A panel of experts discusses the significance, utility and preservation of the Donald C. Johanson/Institute for Human Origins Collection. This archival collection documents the career of one of the most important field scientists of the 20th century and the founding and development of the Institute of Human Origins (IHO).


Panelists describe the results of the recent collection survey completed by Stephanie Crowe, the nature of collecting and collections, museum preservation concerns, and the importance of this collection in advancing scholarship in the history of science.

Recorded on March 21st as part of the opening celebration of the Lucy's Legacy Exhibit

Download Lucy's Legacy (MP4)

Opening Remarks:

  • Dan Gilfillan Acting Director of the Institute for Humanities Research
  • Bill Kimbel Institute of Human Origins Director
  • Donald  Johanson Institute of Human Origins Founding Director


  • Nancy Dallett Assistant Director, Public History Program School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
  • Richard Toon Director, Museum Studies Program School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Jane Maienschein Director, Center for Biology and Society School of Life Sciences
  • Rob Spindler University Archivist and Archives and Special Collections ASU Libraries

About the Exhibit:


Lucy’s Legacy: Preserving the Search for Human Origins, a public exhibition from the collection will be available for public viewing through Spring 2013 in the Hayden Library Rotunda and Luhrs Gallery on the 4th floor of Hayden Library, during normal library hours. Discovered in Hadar, Ethiopia, November 24, 1974, by a young paleoanthropologist, Donald Johanson, and determined to be a new species—Australopithecus afarensis—Lucy was the first example of an upright walking, bipedal human ancestor, living 3.2 million years ago. Other examples of this species have been found, but none as complete as this specimen.

The Institute of Human Origins is a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.