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Warren L. d'Azevedo Research Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 97-04
This collection reflects the donor's years of research and teaching in the field of anthropology, exclusive of his work in African cultures. This material formerly was housed in Dr. d'Azevedo's office filing cabinets. Additional materials from a related collection located in his home may be donated in the future.

The d'Azevedo collection consists of materials related to the study of anthropology, especially that of the Washo Indians of Nevada and California. Included are research papers and notes; articles; monographs; reprints; correspondence; legal files; records of the Washo Tribe; materials from the Great Basin Anthropological Conferences; clippings; references and copied materials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs records at the National Archives in San Bruno, California; and materials on contemporary Indians. Topics include the Washo, California and Great Basin anthropology, archaeology, baskets, linguistics, peyotism, mythology, food sharing, the Washo Cultural Center and Foundation, the founding of the Inter-Tribal Council, Pine Nut litigation, and Diamond Valley and the South Tahoe Public Utility District.

The collection consists solely of textual materials; there were no photographs or audio materials. The collection contained an extensive number of student research papers from anthropology and ethnic studies classes taught by d'Azevedo at the University of Nevada, Reno, which were transferred to the University Archives. A finding aid for that collection is available in the Archives.

Dr. d'Azevedo's collection originally contained a great deal of photocopied materials and published monographs. Photocopies of title pages of monographs were made and the originals pulled from this manuscript collection for inclusion into the Special Collections or general library stacks. Photocopied title pages were usually grouped in one folder at the end of each series or subseries to provide researchers with references to those materials. Photocopies of journal articles or other published materials were treated in the same manner. If the journal in which the item was originally published was readily available, only the first page of the article was kept for future reference. Photocopied articles from obscure journal titles or other published sources were kept with the manuscript collection.

Before the collection was transferred to the Special Collections Department, manuscript curator Susan Searcy directed a project by student intern Penny Rucks to study the materials and recommend an archival arrangement. Rucks found the collection to be in good order (despite protests to the contrary from the donor) and that arrangement was, for the most part, retained. Some minor rearrangement of materials was undertaken to improve consistency. Rucks' original plan was to divide the collection into nine series with a number of subseries and that plan was followed with one exception: Series IX, Ethnic Studies, was eliminated when the contents were transferred to the University Archives.

This collection provides a rich resource for the study of the Washo Tribe of Nevada and California and for the study of anthropology in the state of Nevada. Three decades of scholars were trained by Dr. d'Azevedo, who generously shared his research and knowledge. It was Warren's intention in donating these materials to the Special Collections Department that scholars continue to benefit from this rich resource.

The terms Washo and Washoe are used throughout this guide when referring to the group of Native Americans inhabiting Washoe County, the Carson Valley, and other locales. The preferred spelling, according to the Library of Congress, is Washo and that spelling has been used extensively throughout this guide. However, in many of the titles included in the collection, the spelling was "Washoe." Titles have been transcribed exactly, so that the reader will find both versions used in this guide. Likewise, the full legal name of the Washo is the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, but in some instances, published titles reversed the position of the words "California" and "Nevada."

When transcribing information found on folder headings, titles of articles were placed in parentheses and titles of published books and monographs were placed in Italics. Information placed in square brackets [ ] was supplied by the collection processor, based on clues found within the folder.

Dates

  • 1859-1992

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

9 Cubic Feet (9 boxes)

Abstract

This collection reflects the donor's years of research and teaching in the field of anthropology of the Washo and Great Basin Indians and does not include any of his work on African cultures.

Biographical Note

Warren Leonard d'Azevedo was born in Oakland, California, on August 19, 1920. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1962.

d'Azevedo's graduate studies in anthropology centered on western Africa where he lived during a graduate fellowship. He taught at Northwestern University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Utah, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Nevada, Reno, as a cultural anthropologist.

In 1962 while teaching anthropology at the University of Utah he was asked to play a key role in developing and implementing the training of Peace Corps volunteer trainees recruited to teach in elementary and secondary schools in Liberia. He continued to serve as an area specialist for other Liberian Peace Corps training projects during the 1960s, instructing trainees at the University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse University, and San Francisco State College. He was also an advisor for programs in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Dr. d'Azevedo was invited to teach anthropology in the combined Psychology and Sociology Departments at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1963. In 1967, a separate Anthropology Department was established and Dr. d'Azevedo was appointed the first chairman. He retired as professor emeritus in 1988.

In addition to an academic interest in Africa, d'Azevedo focused on the Washo Indians of Nevada and California. He began his contacts and studies of the Washo culture in 1952 while he was a graduate student at UC Berkeley under Dr. Albert Kroeber and Dr. Robert Heiser. He spent several years living in the vicinity of Hope Valley and Woodfords, California, and in the Carson Valley of Nevada, where he focused on the distribution of the Washo in their territory, tribal space, and in their history and their culture. His UCB mentors were involved in the development of the California Indian Claims case and d'Azevedo continued that interest. Through these studies d'Azevedo developed a far-reaching expertise in Washo studies, published extensively, and served as an expert witness in court actions involving claims-related and other legal cases.

Warren d'Azevedo directed two notable projects while at the University of Nevada, Reno. The first was the National Science Foundation Summer Field Training Project in Anthropology which Warren directed during its lifespan of 1964-1971. The project trained anthropology students in the fine art of conducting field studies. Records for the project have been donated by Dr. d'Azevedo to the Special Collections Department (collection 92-09).

The second project was the publication of a major reference volume on Indians of the Great Basin for the Smithsonian's Handbook of North American Indians series. Warren served as editor for Volume 11 from its inception in 1970 to its publication in 1985. Records of that project were also donated to the Special Collections Department by Dr. d'Azevedo (collection 92-08).

d'Azevedo is married to the former Kathleen Addison and they have two children: Anya and Erik.

Arrangement

Series 4. Research Papers

Subseries 4.1
Manuscript Drafts and Correspondence of Authors to d'Azevedo
Subseries 4.2
Grant Proposals
Subseries 4.3
Student Papers

Series 3. Legislation, Litigation

Subseries 3.1
General Reference
Subseries 3.2
Claims Case
Subseries 3.3
Individual Litigation
Subseries 3.4
The Washoe Tribe vs State of Nevada Fish and Game (Pinenut Mountains)
Subseries 3.5
Diamond Valley/South Tahoe Public Utility District
Subseries 3.6
Archival Materials from the San Bruno Branch, National Archives

Series 2. Washo Tribal Records

Subseries 2.1
Washo Tribal Material
Subseries 2.2
Cultural Center and Foundation
Subseries 2.3
Intertribal Council

Series 1. Research Files

Subseries 1.1
Washo General
Subseries 1.2
California Indians, Area History, and Geography
Subseries 1.3
Great Basin Indians, Area History, and Geography
Subseries 1.4
Other Sub-subseries 1.4.1 Class Readings
Subseries 1.5
Archaeology
Subseries 1.6
Baskets
Subseries 1.7
Linguistics
Subseries 1.8
Peyotism
Subseries 1.9
Mythology
Subseries 1.10
Food Sharing
Series 5. Great Basin Anthropological Conferences Series 6. Miscellaneous Clippings Series 7. Correspondence and Miscellaneous Series VIII Contemporary Indians

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Warren L. d'Azevedo; Reno, Nev.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Research Papers of Warren L. d'Azevedo, 1859-1992
Status
completed
Author
Susan Searcy and Rebecca Richards, assisted by Penny Rucks, student intern
Date
May 28, 1998
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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