Preserving the Anthropological Record: Issues and Strategies


Feb 28 - Mar 4, 1992

Organized by

Sydel Silverman and Nancy Parezo


The Inn, Rancho Santa Fe, California


Preserving the Anthropological Record (Sydel Silverman and Nancy Parezo, Eds.), Wenner-Gren Foundation, 1992.


  • George Farr National Endowment for the Humanities, USA
  • Don Fowler University of Nevada, USA
  • Douglas Givens Saint Louis Community College, USA
  • Robert Kemper Southern Methodist University, USA
  • Shepard Krech III Brown University, USA
  • Nancy J. Parezo University of Arizona, USA
  • Mary Elizabeth Ruwell Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Sydel Silverman Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA
  • William Sturtevant Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Donald Tuzin University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, USA
  • John van Willigen University of Kentucky, USA
  • Joan Warnow-Blewett American Institute of Physics, USA
  • Annette Weiner New York University, USA
  • Thomas Wilson Center for African Art, USA
  • Nathalie F.S. Woodbury Independent Scholar, USA
  • Bonnie Wright Cedar Mill Community Library, USA
  • John Yellen National Science Foundation, USA

ORGANIZER’S STATEMENT: In order to address the problem of identifying, preserving, and making available to future scholars the unpublished materials of anthropologists that make up much of the anthropological record, this symposium brought together seventeen anthropologists, archivists, and representatives of funding agencies and professional associations. The group took up general issues of the nature of anthropological records and their potential for future research; evaluated the need and priorities for preservation in different fields; reviewed efforts already underway and the activities of relevant institutions; and attempted to arrive at recommendations and strategies for action to be taken by the discipline. The symposium drew up a statement of needs and purposes and developed a plan and timetable for presenting it to all relevant professional societies along with recommendations for further action. The long-term goal is the creation of a discipline history center for anthropology.

Wenner-Gren Symposium #114

Floor: A Weiner. Kneeling, Seated: D. Givens, L. Obbink, M. Mahoney, J. Warnow-Blewett, M.E. Ruwell, J. Yellen. Back: J. van Willigen, N. Parezo, S. Krech III, R. Kemper, G. Farr, D. Tuzin, W. Sturtevant, D. Fowler, T. Wilson, S. Silverman, N. Woodbury. Not Pictured: B. Wright