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The d´Azevedo Collection

Warren d´Azevedo is an ethnographer of both the Washoe and the Gola of Liberia. His research interests in both the Great Basin and Africa date back to the 1950s.
An emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, he taught from 1964 to 1988. He is the author of numerous publications, including Straight with the Medicine: Narratives of Washoe Followers of the Tipi Way, and editor of Great Basin, which is Volume 11 in the Smithsonian Institution's encyclopedic Handbook of North American Indians. This 850-page work took 14 years to complete. Beverly and Steven Crum and William Jacobsen were consultants and contributors.
Professor d´Azevedo is equally well known in the field of African Studies, where he is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of African arts. His seminal work in the 1960s on the place of the artist in society has influenced scholars in anthropology, art history, and museology for the past 45 years. Though it may seem commonplace now, at the time it was revolutionary to shift the focus away from a study of an object to a more inclusive study of a dynamic artistic process, one in which the creative individual is firmly embedded in his society.
Warren d´Azevedo´s scholarly interests have never been divorced from his action in the world. Here in Nevada, he founded the Anthropology Department at University of Nevada, and was also instrumental in creating the Black Students Organization. He has been an advocate of Native American religious freedom, and coordinated field schools for graduate students that were funded by the National Science Foundation. Nationally, he helped create the Smithsonian Institution's collection of African art, and internationally, he has been a human rights observer of elections in Liberia following the protracted civil war, and an important friend to Liberians forced into exile.
He studied with a number of prominent anthropologists at the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University, where he was awarded his Ph.D. These include Paul Radin and Melville Herskovits, both of whom had a profound influence on his work. He, in turn, had a profound influence on many younger scholars. At the time of his retirement from active teaching, he was honored by the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University for his pioneering achievements, by the Liberian Studies Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and by the African Studies Association with a Leadership Award.

Biography courtesy - the Nevada Humanities Committee

For further specific information about the IULC's d'Azevedo Collection, and information about how to access materials for research, please click below to view the IU Finding Aid's website.

Indiana University Finding Aid's d'Azevedo Collection

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