Great Basin Anthropological Conference Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2009-05
The records of the Great Basin Anthropological Conference consists of materials created during the planning and execution of an ongoing series of conferences held by the Great Basin Anthropological Conference. The largest portion of the collection, Series 1, is made up of correspondence between organizers and participants; logistical arrangements for the conferences; and abstracts and papers to be presented. In addition, Series 2 contains materials pertaining to the internal organization of the Great Basin Archaeological Conference, such as legal and financial documents; membership rosters; and the history of the Great Basin Archaeological Conference.

Dates

  • 1954-2016

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

2.5 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

The Great Basin Archaeological Conference began in 1954 when Jesse Jennings, from the University of Utah, and Robert Heizer, from the University of California, Berkeley, proposed convening a sub-conference for those interested in the Great Basin at the Pecos Conference meeting in Arizona. In 1961 the conference name was changed to the Great Basin Anthropological Conference to reflect a broader scope of research. The conferences continued to meet annually until 1964 when the meeting schedule was changed to biennial. The records of the Great Basin Anthropological Conference consists of materials created during the planning and execution of an ongoing series of conferences held by the Great Basin Anthropological Conference. Material between 1954-2016.

Administrative History

The Great Basin Archaeological Conference began in 1954 when Jesse Jennings, from the University of Utah, and Robert Heizer, from the University of California, Berkeley, proposed convening a sub-conference for those interested in the Great Basin at the Pecos Conference meeting at the Gila Pueblo in Globe, Arizona. Funded by a Wenner-Gren grant obtained by Jennings, the conference in 1954 was successful and the organizers agreed to form a Great Basin Archaeological Conference that would meet every year at various locations, usually at an academic institution or other historical venue. In the beginning, the organization of the conferences was informal with interested researchers organizing the proceeding and making the arrangements.

In 1961 the conference name was changed to the Great Basin Anthropological Conference to reflect a broader scope of research. The conferences continued to meet annually until 1964 (except there were no meetings in 1960 and 1963 due to a lack of response from potential participants), when the meeting schedule was changed to biennial. By 1964, the conference organizers began to see the need to explore better ways to organize the conference for ensuring continuity. Warren d’Azevedo from the Anthropology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Chairman of the 1964 conference, appointed an ad hoc advisory committee to study how the organization could be more effective. Out of those recommendations came the idea to have the conference biennially, institute an active membership in the organization with a $2.00 biennial registration fee, and formalize the duties of the chairman.

In the 1970s, it was decided that the program chairs from the past 10 years would serve as an informal governing board to the conference. Their duties were to choose a program chair and find a venue for the next meeting. By 1996, the size of the meetings and the Internal Revenue Service requirements led to formal incorporation of the conference. On February 3, 1997, the “Great Basin Anthropology Association, Inc., doing business as the The Great Basin Archaeological Conference” was incorporated in Idaho. By 1998, the membership was over 700.

The conferences consisted of presentations of papers on subjects relating to the Great Basin and reports of recent fieldwork. Some years the papers were printed under the auspices of various organizations, including the Nevada Desert Research Institute and the Nevada State Museum.

Arrangement

The Great Basin Anthropological Conference Records is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Conferences

Series 2: Administrative Records

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gathered from various members of the The Great Basin Archaeological Conference and donated to the Special Collections Department through Don Fowler, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Additions donated by Lori Hunsaker in February 2017.

Separated Materials Note

Other collections of the Great Basin Anthropological Conference held by Special Collections include:

92-48 - Great Basin Anthropological Conference Records, 1964, 1970. 1 cubic foot.

This collection contains correspondence, abstracts of papers, registration forms, and papers from the 1964 GBAC conference. The 1970 records pertain to other subject-related conferences, but not the GBAC.

97-04 - Warren L. D’Azevedo Research Papers, 1859-1992. (See: Series 5. Great Basin Anthropological Conferences, 1964-1990. 0.5 cubic foot.)

This series contains correspondence, memos, programs, flyers, and professional papers presented at the conferences held while Dr. D’Azevedo was the conference chair.
Title
A Guide to the Great Basin Anthropological Conference Records
Status
completed
Author
Jacquelyn Sundstrand
Date
June 2010
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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