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Preserving the Anthropological Record II: Toward a Discipline History Center

WGF Sponsored Conference #93-2 Group Photo

May 6-9, 1993
Seven Springs Center, Mt. Kisco, New York

PUBLICATION: "Preserving the Anthropological Record (Expanded Second Edition)," Sydel Silverman and Nancy Parezo, eds. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc., 1995.


bookcoverLucy Cohen (Catholic University of America, USA)
John Cornman (American Anthropological Association, USA)
Sue Ellen Estroff (University of North Carolina, USA)
Catherine Fowler (University of Nevada, USA)
Don Fowler, organizer (University of Nevada, USA)
Patricia Galloway (Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, USA)
Douglas Givens (St. Louis Community College-Meramec, USA)
Victor Golla (Humboldt State University, USA)
Robert Kemper (Southern Methodist University, USA)
Michael Little (Binghamton University, SUNY, USA)
Nancy Parezo, organizer (University of Arizona, USA)
Ruth Person (University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA)
Mary Elizabeth Ruwell (National Anthropological Archives, USA)
Lynne Schmelz-Keil (Tozzer Library of Harvard University, USA)
Sydel Silverman (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
John van Willigen (University of Kentucky, USA)
Joan Warnow-Blewett (Center for History of Physics, USA)


This four-day meeting (a follow-up to "Preserving the Anthropological Record," held in 1992) brought together anthropologists, museologists, archivists, and representatives of funding agencies and anthropological societies to continue to define possible courses of action that might be taken to implement the goals defined at the previous symposium. The immediate need was seen to be the creation of a structure that would encourage various anthropological organizations, in association with the archival community, to work together to preserve and make accessible unpublished anthropological materials. The result was the founding of the Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records (CoPAR), an organization whose objectives are to foster awareness of the importance of records preservation, provide information on records location and access, help provide support for existing repositories, provide consulting and technical services, and initiate special projects.