Steven J. Crum Papers

Identifier: NC1384


Steven J. Crum is a Western Shoshone tribal member and emeritus instructor at the University of California, Davis. The collection contains his materials on Western Shoshone including indexes to newspapers on Native Americans, Western Shoshone land allotments and claims, Indian Claims Commission materials, two oral histories, and some family photographs.


  • 1850-2012


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.

Biographical / Historical

Steven J. Crum is a Western Shoshone tribal member who grew up on several reservations in New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada. He moved to Phoenix for college and received his B.A. from Arizona State University in 1975. He continued his education and received his Master of Education at the University of Arizona in 1977. In 1983, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utah. In 1984, he became an assistant professor at California State University, Chico where he taught in the Department of History. He later became a professor at the University of California, Davis where he taught in the Department of Native American Studies. He also became the Chair of the Department of Native American Studies in 2007. He has written a book and other scholarly articles about Western Shoshone history and culture including The Road on Which We Came: A History of the Western Shoshone, University of Utah Press, 1994. Some of his other research focuses on Native Americans in higher education and the ethnohistory of North America, with a focus on the 20th century.


13.2 Linear Feet (14 Boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Steven J. Crum in December 2019.



Guide to the Steven J. Crum Papers
Theresa Nielson
January 2020
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Repository Details

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

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