The Dr. David L. Harner Collection primarily includes Mexican and Pre-Columbian artifacts. "Doc" Harner came to us after learning that Milton Harrington was giving us a collection. Since he had grown up in this area, he was interested in giving back to the community.
Harner had, for a second time in his life, put together an extensive personal collection of Native American and Pre-Columbian artifacts. On the advice of friends and fellow collectors (including Frederick Dockstader), he had disbanded an earlier collection while recovering from an earlier heart attack. Some of the earlier collection ended up in the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, which he had helped Thomas Gilcrease create. "Doc Harner" also convinced the Shiloh Museum in Springdale, Arkansas, to transfer to us more than 3,000 objects that he had given to them and that they were deaccessioning.