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Warren L. d'Azevedo records of the Anthropology Department

Identifier: AC 0302
This collection contains correspondence and early records of the anthropology department, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the Center for Western North American Studies (CWNAS), the Archeological Survey, the Nevada State Museum and the museum at Nevada Southern (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). These records were collected by d'Azevedo to document the development of the department.


  • 1958-1983



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.


1.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


Collection contains records of the University of Nevada, Reno, Anthropology Department, the Desert Research Institute, and the Center for Western North American Studies, collected by Warren d'Azevedo to document the development of the Anthropology Department. Records include correspondence, reports, bulletins and proposals.

Administrative History

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, interest in anthropological programs at the University of Nevada developed with the support of the Desert Research Institute and its Center for Western North American Studies. The Anthropology Department was initiated under joint sponsorship with the Desert Research Institute with funds from private and government foundations. Originally combined with the psychology department and the sociology department, it became separate in 1963, but still shared joint positions with the DRI. In 1967, the anthropology department was established.

Warren L. d'Azevedo joined the Anthropology Department in 1963; he became the first chairman of the Anthropology Department when it was established as a separate department in 1967.

Warren L. d'Azevedo, Professor of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno, 1963. B. A., University of California, Berkeley, 1942; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1962; Emeritus 1988.


The collection has the following arrangement:

Folders 1-2. These were received in a binder and divided as "Early Correspondence, 1962- 1963" and "Program, 1963- 1968". The materials are general correspondence, DRI Bulletins, Faculty Bulletin, Report to the Arts & Science Faculty (Jan 9, 1964, (which has history of development of department), reports and recommendations for the department.

Folders 3 -23. Correspondence and files on anthropology department, d'Azevedo , DM, CWNAS, etc., 1958-1983. These are in alphabetical order by folder title.

Folders 24-35. Formal proposals, interim reports, and request, 1964-1 982. Arranged in chronological order.
A Guide to the Warren L. D'Azevedo Records of the Anthropology Department
Karen Gash
Approximately 2000
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Repository Details

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

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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