Overview

Title: Washo Research Notes
Creator(s): Spring, Anita
Collection Number: 98-17
Date(s): 1965
Physical Extent: 1.25 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Washo research notes, 98-17. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/98-17-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Dr. Anita Spring was a graduate student in the Anthropology Department of San Francisco State College (now University) when a Field Training Project in Cultural Anthropology was initiated. The project was jointly sponsored by the University of Nevada, the University of Pittsburgh, and Stanford University and funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Spring conducted two months of field work among the Washo Indians at Dresslerville, Nevada, during the summer of 1965. Her research focused on marriage practices of the Washo and relied on information gathered from several residents of Dresslerville, as well as Spring's own observations. The research resulted in Spring's master's theses: Washo Marriage: A Social Institution in Transition (San Francisco State College, July, 1967).

Dr. Spring is currently professor of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Florida.

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Scope and Content

These papers represent the research carried out by Anita Spring during her anthropological summer field studies in 1965.

"Clean" copies of summary materials can also be found in the records of the National Science Foundation Field Training Project in Anthropology, collection 92-09 in the Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada, Reno (box 3).

Spring's papers include information about the specific informants on whom she relied and general information about the Washo people living at Dresslerville. She collected genealogies; marriage and life histories; kin relationships; Washo terminology for specific topics; and information on medicines, doctoring, games, and dances. Other important topics included children, residence and households, courtships, divorce and separation, polygyny, close kin marriage, and census data. She compiled maps of individual houses and photographed the community of Dresslerville. Also included in this collection are Spring's field notebooks, Washo word cards, and several drafts of her thesis. A copy of Spring's completed thesis accompanied this collection but has been removed for cataloging as a monograph and inclusion in the Special Collections stacks.

Restrictions

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Anita Spring in April 1998.

Separated Materials

Photographs and negatives have been transferred to the photo archives of the Special Collections Department.

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Arrangement

  • Arranged by topic.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Susan Searcy, with assistance of student Rebecca Richards, April 22, 1998. Finding aid prepared by Susan Searcy, with assistance of student Rebecca Richards, April 22, 1998. Finding aid revised by Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox, August 21, 2008. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 15, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

box
folder
Contents
1
1
Informants: Clara Frank
1
2
Informants: Bill James
1
3
Informants: Freda Giraurd
1
4
Informants: George Snooks
1
5
Informants: Gladys Walker
1
6
Outline
1
7
Linguistics and Componential Analysis Readings
1
8
Political Organization - Tribal Council, etc; Land Settlements Claims
1
9
Seminar Information - Week l
1
10
Thesis Draft
1
11
Marriage, Life History - Brief Sketches
1
12
Dresslerville Marriages
1
13
Dresslerville - Arrest Records (women)
1
14
Miscellaneous
1
15
Families - Kin relationships, gossip
1
16
Data for conference paper
1
17
Marriage - General Information
1
18
Polygyny, Close Kin Marriage
1
19
Marriage Charts
1
20
Great Basin - Washo readings
1
21
Project Memorandums
1
22
Genealogies
1
23
Weekly Field Report and Banquet
1
24
Marriage Patterns - legal terms, religious terms, alcohol, intermarriage
1
25
Great Basin: Bibliography
1
26
Great Basin: Culture change; Indian contact, white contact
1
27
Great Basin: Archaeology, Linguistics, and Physical Anthropology
1
28
Great Basin: Readings on Peyotism, Shamanism and Nativistic Movements
1
29
Great Basin: Readings - Ute, Paiute, Shoshone
1
30
Lexicon
1
31
Games and Dances
1
32
Life Cycle
1
33
Material Culture
1
34
Medicines and Doctoring
1
35
The Native Nevadan newspaper - clippings
1
36
Contacts and important people concerning Washo Memo Books
1
37
Handwritten Draft [of Thesis?]
1
38
Thesis Draft; Terms
1
39
Children, Residence and Households
1
40
Divorce, Separation, Fighting & Quarrels
1
41
Courtship, Mate Preference, Sexuality, Standards of Beauty
1
42
Census
1
43
BIA Forms; questionnaire of sociologist
1
44
Plants and Animal Foods - Cooking and Preparation
1
45
Third Copy - Uncorrected [of Thesis?]
1
46
Photographic Mapping - Dresslerville. [photos to photo archives]
1
47
Maps - Dresslerville, Carson City
1
48
Spring, Anita. Thesis - "Washo Marriage: A Social Institution in Transition". July, 1967. [thesis being catalogued as a monograph]
1
49
Anita Spring - Washo Word Cards, 1965
1
50
Biographical Notecards
1
51
Anita Spring - Stenographic notebook
box
folder
Contents
2
52
Field notebooks, Washo, Summer 1965: Book l
2
53
Field notebooks, Washo, Summer 1965: Book 2
2
54
Field notebooks, Washo, Summer 1965: Book 3
2
55
Field notebooks, Washo, Summer 1965: Book 4
2
56
Field notebooks, Washo, Summer 1965: Book 5
2
57
Field notebooks, Washo, Summer 1965: Book 6
2
58
Topographic and road maps of Nevada. [transferred to map collection]