Photographs and papers documenting the Wetherill Mesa Archeological Project in Mesa Verde National Park. The photographs depict collection and analysis of specimens, site excavation and stabilization, archeological surveying, and other activites and people associated with the project. The collection also includes the project's annual report to the National Geographic Society for 1964; the report includes status of ancillary studies, a budget report, and additional photographs documenting the project.
Funded by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society, the Wetherill Mesa Archeological Project excavated 15 sites on Wetherill Mesa in Mesa Verde National Park from 1958 to 1963. Under the supervision of Douglas Osborne, the project included archeologists Alden C. Hayes, George S. Cattanach, Arthur H. Rohn Jr., J. Anthony Pomeroy, and advisors Frank H. H. Roberts Jr., Emil W. Haury, J. O. Bew, and Robert H. Lister. The project photographer was Fred E. Mang Jr., who arrived in 1961.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 134A
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Correspondence from Douglas Osborne is held in National Anthropological Archives MS 4846 and the Jesse Logan Nusbaum Papers, Donald Jayne Lehmer Papers, and Albert Clanton Spaulding Papers.
The collection is open for research.
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Photo Lot 134A, Photographs and report on the Wetherill Mesa Archeological Project, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
This collection contains the records of the Society for Historical Archaeology and documents the activities of its officers and board of directors. Also included are copies of the SHA's publications.
Portions of this collection are unprocessed. Please contact the archivist for further information. Earlier accessions, containing records dating from 1953-1979, have been arranged in the following proposed series:
(1) Organizational correspondence, 1966-1967; (2) presidents' correspondence, 1967-1976; (3) president-elects' correspondence, 1971, 1974-1975; (4) board of directors' correspondence, 1968-1974; (5) committee records, 1968-1977; (6) records relating to annual meetings, 1968-1977; (7) editors' correspondence, 1967-1974; (8) records relating to historical archeology, 1968-1975; (9) copies of Newsletter, 1968-1977; (10) secretary-treasurer's correspondence, 1969-1977; (11) membership correspondence, 1967-1977; (12) returned mail, 1971-1977; (13) invoices, 1967-1975; (14) miscellany, undated; (15) sound recording tapes and photographs, undated; (16) secretary-treasurer's records, 1967-1978; (17) Edward B. Jelk's records of early meetings
As early as the 1950s, discussions were underway concerning the establishment of an organization dedicated to historical archaeology. In 1967, the Society for Historical Archaeology was founded at the International Conference on Historic Archaeology, which met in Dallas, Texas. The Society was incorporated in 1968 in Pennsylvania and its constitution was adopted that same year at the first annual meeting, with the stated mission of serving as "an educational organization to promote scholarly research in and dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology." Its focus is "the era since the beginning of exploration of the non-European parts of the world by Europeans, with the prime concern in the western hemisphere."
The chief concerns of the society have included its annual meetings and publications. The latter are the scholarly Historical Archaeology and the Society for Historical Archaeology Newsletter, which reports developments in the society and keeps members informed of news within the field. Since the early 1970s, the society has also become increasingly concerned with the qualifications and ethical behavior of historical archeologists and with government activities to protect historical sites and to promote scientific work at them.
Portions of this collection is stored off-site. Advance notice must be given to view the collection.