Carmelo Urza Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BAQ062

Scope and Contents

BSQAP 0166

Typewritten originals of Historia de la pelota vasca en las Américas and other books.

Photocopied manuscript of Historia de la pelota vasca en las Américas [missing title page], contains annotations and numerous photographs pasted in with handwritten captions.

BSQAP 0498

Color photocopies of slides featuring aspects of Basque life in the American West, undated

Color slides depicting scenes of Basque life in the American West and Basque Country, undated

Newspaper clippings relating to National Basque Sheepherder Monument, 1989

Pamphlets about Rancho San Rafael Park and Basque Sheepherder Monument, 1992

Photographs of Basque Country Politicians, undated

Photographs of casting and placement of National Basque Sheepherder Monument, 1989

Photographs of National Basque Sheepherder Monument inauguration ceremony, 1989

Photographs of National Basque Sheepherder Monument site after completion, 1989

Photograph of Pioneer Saloon and patrons in McDermitt, Nevada, circa 1910

Proclamations signed by the Governors of California, Idaho, and Nevada calling for a Basque Sheepherder Monument, 1985

Project Manual for National Basque Sheepherder Monument, 1989

Sketches of National Basque Sheepherder Monument site, undated

Dates

  • 1948-2002

Language

The main language of the papers is Spanish, there are also documents in Basque.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site.

Biographical / Historical

Carmelo Urza was born in 1948 in Erandio. He is the son of a Basque shepherd who immigrated to Idaho at the end of the 1940s. In 1977, Carmelo Urza got his Ph.D. in Spanish, with his dissertation: José de Arteche: The Life in His Works. In 1982, he organized a study abroad trip to the Basque Country for American students. Afterward, Urza founded the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). He remained the CEO and President of USAC until his retirement in 2017.

He was a member of the organizing committee of the National Monument of the Basque Sheepherder of Reno, Nevada. He wrote a book about the National Basque Monument titled: Solitude: Art and Symbolism in the National Basque Monument (1993). He also wrote a book about Basque handball in America: Historia de la Pelota Vasca en las Américas (1994). In 1995, the local government of Donostia awarded him with the Golden Drum.

He is the father of Gabriel Urza, a lawyer who published a novel on the Basque Country titled: All that Followed.

Source:

AUÑAMENDI. Carmelo Urza. [Online] http://aunamendi.eusko-ikaskuntza.eus/es/urza-carmelo/ar-134489/

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

Typewritten originals of “Historia de la pelota vasca en las Américas” edited by Carmelo Urza and several books.

Title
a guide to the papers of Carmelo Urza
Author
Irati Urkitza Ansoelaga
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

Contact:
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