Warren L. d'Azevedo Records

Identifier: AC 0280

Scope and Contents

The Warren d'Azevedo Records include materials used by Warren d'Azevedo for the 1990 reprint of American Indian and Black Students at the University of Nevada, Reno: 1874-1974, originally published in 1975. Some materials in this collection are from the earlier period, but most data reflects post-1975. The data is recorded on computer printouts provided by the Office of Admissions and Records, 1974-1988, and on information cards, 1974-1985, and were used to compile statistics used in the publication. The records list the student's name, ethnic group and years of attendance, age, sex, residency, class standing, college and identification number. The ethnic groupings were designated: Asian, Black, Indian, and Spanish. Also included are records of the Committee on Equal Opportunity, the Sub-committee on Minority Students, and primarily document the methods used to capture student information.


  • 1966-1988


Conditions Governing Access

Permission to use these records for research must be received from the Office of Admissions and Records.

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 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. 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.

d'Azevedo was married to the former Kathleen Addison and they had two children: Anya and Erik. He passed away in Healdsburg, California on January 19, 2014.


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Warren L. d'Azevedo (1920-2014) was Professor Emeritus and founder of the Anthropology Department of the University of Nev., Reno, whose studies focused on Indians of the Great Basin region of the United States, especially on the Washo Indians, and on Africa. The collections contains records used by d'Azevedo for the 1990 reprint of American Indian and Black Students at the University of Nevada, Reno: 1874-1974, originally published in 1975. Some materials in this collection are from the earlier period, but most data reflects post-1975.


Arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Warren d'Azevedo in 1990.


Guide to the Warren D'Azevedo Records
Karen Gash
Approximately 2000
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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