When I was younger and researching Babocomari Polychrome, I logically asked the Amerind Foundation to be allowed to visit their collection and was denied. I then called the Arizona State Museum and they told me that they had examples of Babo Poly, so I made an appointment and visited. I was disappointed to find that their samples included only a few shards. Then I remembered that Jack and Vera Mills had excavated the Hereford Site and so the pottery from Hereford must be at Eastern Arizona College with the Mills Collection. After making the long trip to Thatcher, Wes Jernigan told me that he didn’t have any examples of Babocomari Polychrome in his collection. I also noticed some other exceptions. For example, the cover of the report of the Mills’ excavations at the Kuykendall site has a picture of a real nice duck effigy vessel that is also not in the collection at EAC. A post by Archaeology Southwest says regarding the Mills work at the Dinwiddie site, that “we have not yet been able to locate and study the bulk artifact collections from the site”.
The point being that however great the Mills Collection at EAC is, it is not complete. There are some significant artifacts missing. I would speculate that they are in the possession of the Mills family. Can someone please point me in the right direction here? I would love to be able to see and photograph some of those artifacts if they are still in the area.
Here is a link to the Cochise Quarterly from March 1971 (the exact month and year in which I was born) which contains an article by Vera Mills regarding their research. http://www.cochisecountyhistory.org/uploads/Vol1_1_jnl.pdf