Great Basin Basketmakers Records
Scope and Contents
The records of the Great Basin Basketmakers have been divided into six series. Series 1 contains grant application information for "American Traditions" submitted in 1999 for a juried, touring exhibit. As part of the grant, they published an accompanying catalog which is included. Series 2 contains the research and writing of Weaving Naturally in the Great Basin: A Guide to Harvesting and Preparing Plant Materials for Basketry, which was self-published in 2004. It also includes one copy of the book. This series does not contain a copy of the book by Mary Lee Fulkerson, Weavers of Tradition and Beauty: Basketmakers of the Great Basin (University of Nevada Press, 1995), however a copy is available in the department (call number E 78 .G67 F85 1995).
Convention materials for the 2004 "Artown" event, entitled "Weave-In: A Fresh Approach," are contained in Series 3. Series 4 includes scrapbooks, which range in dates from 1987 to 2009. The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, and additional materials which document the activities of the group and its members. Series 5 contains information on the exhibit and conference Interwoven which took place over the years 2006-2010.
Series 6, the administrative files of the organization, contain a variety of information including minutes, member lists, board correspondence, and finances. All of these materials were received in a January 2013 donation.
- Great Basin Basketmakers (Creator, Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
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.
The Great Basin Basketmakers was founded in 1987 by awarding-winning basket maker and fiber artist Mary Lee Fulkerson. The non-profit, all volunteer group is based in Reno, Nevada, and is the only basket guild in Nevada. Their mission is to learn everything possible about the traditions and techniques of basketry and to pass this knowledge along to others. Their goal is not only to foster an appreciation for the culture, tradition and beauty of the art form, but also to encourage and support serious basket/fiber art programs in Nevada.
Membership includes respected artists, instructors and authors whose expertise is in demand locally and throughout the country. Members have been featured artists in both regional and national publications. Two members published an authoritative book on traditional Native American basketry of the Great Basin, Weavers of Tradition and Beauty: Basketmakers of the Great Basin (University of Nevada Press, 1995). In 2004, the organization self-published another book, Weaving Naturally in the Great Basin: A Guide to Harvesting and Preparing Plant Materials for Basketry. Group members have provided extensive educational opportunities locally through monthly meetings and informational programs; monthly hands-on workshops taught by guild members; and additional special workshops led by nationally known basket artists.
The group has also created occasional traveling exhibits. The Guild mounted regional and statewide exhibitions as well as a national convention in 2004. It has also organized a basketry plant identification system in conjunction with Washoe County's Rancho San Rafael arboretum.
2.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Language of Materials
The Great Basin Basketmakers is an all-volunteer non-profit group founded in 1987 whose goal is to foster an appreciation for the culture, tradition and beauty of the art form, and encourage and support serious basket/fiber art programs in Nevada. These records include grant applications, research materials, records of exhibits and events as well as administrative files.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Grant Information; 2) Publications; 3) Convention; 4) Scrapbooks; 5) Interwoven: Visions of the Great Basin Basketmakers exhibit; 6) Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by many members between 2009-2013, including Betty Hulse in 2009 and 2019.
The organization's newsletters, beginning in 1987, were removed from the donation and are maintained as a separate serial in the department under the call number E98 .B3 N49.
- Guide to the Records of the Great Basin Basketmakers
- Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox
- January 2012
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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