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Preserving the Anthropological Record: Issues and Strategies

WGF Symposium #114 Group Photo

February 28 - March 4, 1992
The Inn, Rancho Santa Fe, California


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


bookcoverGeorge 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)


In order to address the problem of identifying, preserving, and making available to future scholars the unpublished materials of anthropologists that make up much of the anthropological record, this symposium brought together seventeen anthropologists, archivists, and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.