Warren L. d'Azevedo Papers
Scope and Contents
The Warren L. d'Azevedo Papers consists of materials and records developed and used by d'Azevedo in both his University and Nevada involvement and interest in ethnic and minority issues, circa 1959-1975.
Included are those records developed for use in American Indian and Black Students at the University of Nevada, Reno: 1874-1975, published by the UNR Department of Anthropology, 1975. A reprint edition was published in 1990. This includes information on other minority groups, as well as Blacks and Indians. The data for this publication was gathered by d'Azevedo and his assistants from 1966-1974, and include student papers, student surveys and questionnaires. These document individual students by name, sex, place of birth, matriculation date, college and major, grade point average, and names of parents or guardians. Interviews record personal information, employment, family background ethnicity, academic information, housing, finances, activities, honors, and social relations.
In 1990, American Indians and Black Students at the University of Nevada, Reno: 1874-1974" was reprinted with additional information up to 1989. The data used for this up-date was added to the collection.
- Majority of material found within 1959-1987
- D'Azevedo, Warren L. (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection contains information subject to federal and state privacy and/or educational laws and policies. Completed surveys and identifiable student information is restricted. Consult department for more information.
Dr. Warren Leonard d'Azevedo (1920-2014), was born in Oakland, California, and received a bachelor's degree in Anthropology at UC Berkeley in 1942 after first attending Modesto Junior College and Fresno State University. He served in World War II in the Merchant Marines, and later worked on the Oakland docks. Pursuing an experience-based interest in labor issues, he began a graduate degree in anthropology at Berkeley in 1951. He did field work with the Wašiw people in Nevada. In 1953, d'Azevedo and his family moved to Illinois, where he studied with noted Africanist Melville J. Herskovits. A few years later, they moved to Liberia for his doctoral field work, where d'Azevedo began his lifelong relationship with the Gola people. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1960, d'Azevedo taught at Berkeley, the University of Utah, and the University of Pittsburgh, before the University of Nevada invited him to found an anthropology program in 1963. Originally combined with psychology and sociology under the auspices of the Desert Research Institute, anthropology was established as an independent department in 1967. Under his leadership, the department became an internationally-recognized hub for the Great Basin and other international areas. His service work included the University Human Relations Action Council, which worked with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, advising in the formation of UNR Black Student Union, and support for Race Relations Center of Reno, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Nevada Intertribal Council. Dr. d'Azevedo retired from the University in 1988, though he kept working on his data analyses until shortly before his death in 2014. His bibliography is extensive and even includes some fiction and poetry.
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Warren L. d'Azevedo was an Anthropology professor at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1963-1988. The collection consists of materials and records developed and used by d'Azevedo in both his University and non-University (Nevada) involvement and interest in ethnic and minority issues including with the University Human Relations Action Council (later Commission) which worked with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, UNR Black Student Union, Race Relations Center of Reno, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Nevada Intertribal Council.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Minority Issues in Nevada; 2) University Affiliations; 3) American Indian and Black Students; 4) d'Azevedo Publications
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from Warren L. d'Azevedo in 1987 and 1990.
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