History of the Foundation

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stacks of papersThe Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records (CoPAR) was born of a concern, shared by a group of scholars within the anthropological community, for the survival of the historical records of the discipline. This concern became the primary motivation and driving force behind the creation of a nonprofit organization to encourage anthropological organizations and individual scholars to work together, in cooperation with the archival and information-science communities, to preserve the records of anthropological research.

The project began with a casual conversation between then Wenner-Gren President, Sydel Silverman, and Nancy Parezo, an anthropologist and discipline historian at the University of Arizona.  Discovering  that each had become aware of threats to the survival of the h