Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Sylvia M. Broadbent papers
Date (inclusive): 1592-2004, undated
Date (bulk): 1948-1990
Disclaimer on Dates:
Materials predating 1940 are primarily reproductions of publications,
photographs, and archival documents accumulated during research.
Original publication and/or creation dates, when known, are given exclusively for
photographic reproductions of materials. For handwritten or typed transcriptions
of archival documents, the date of the copy is given.
Collection Number: UA 231
Broadbent, Sylvia M.
35.25 linear feet
(22 record storage boxes, 1 document box, 8 slide drawers, 1 map-case
folder, unboxed material)
Rivera Library. Special
The Sylvia M. Broadbent papers include
correspondence, field and research notes, manuscripts, publications, photographs,
slides, realia, and other material pertaining to Dr. Sylvia M. Broadbent, Professor
Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. Topics include
her research in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics, university
teaching, professional and recreational activities, and activism on behalf of
cultural and environmental resources in the United States and abroad.
Languages: Collection materials are primarily in English and Spanish. Select materials are in German,
Italian, and French.
This collection is open for research, with the exception of select files that are
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
[identification of item]. Sylvia M. Broadbent papers, UA 231. University of
California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of
The Sylvia M. Broadbent papers were acquired as a gift in 2007. Additional items were
donated and added to the collection in 2011.
Approximately one linear foot was removed from the papers during processing. Files
contained select financial, legal, and other records outside the scope of this
collection, as well as published materials available from other repositories.
Processed by Sara Seltzer, 2011-2012.
Sylvia M. Broadbent, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of
California, Riverside, was born in London on February 26, 1932. In 1947, her family
immigrated to the United States and settled in Carmel, California, where Broadbent
finished high school the following year at the age of 16. She began her
undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 1948,
graduating with highest honors in 1952. Broadbent remained at Berkeley for graduate
school, earning her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1960. She wrote her dissertation on the
Southern Sierra Miwok language.
Dr. Broadbent's teaching career began in the spring quarter of 1961 when she taught a
linguistics course at Northwestern University. She moved to New York City in
September of 1961, taking up a position in the Anthropology Department at Columbia
University's Barnard College. In the fall of 1964, Broadbent relocated to Bogotá,
Colombia to teach at the Universidad de Los Andes, where she stayed for
approximately two years.
Her academic career at UC Riverside began in the fall of 1966. During her tenure at
UCR, she has taught courses on topics studied in her research, including
linguistics, symbolism, and language and culture. Her specialties include
archaeology, ethnohistory, and descriptive and historical linguistics. Much of her
research is focused on the Chibcha culture of Colombia and North American Indians of
California and the Desert West. Broadbent has served as Chairman for the
Anthropology Department as well as Administrator for the Archaeological Research
Unit. A fellowship at UC Riverside has been named in her honor and provides support
for graduate students in Anthropology.
In addition to her formal work as a professor and scholar, Broadbent devoted
significant time to extracurricular activities and organizations of various
Collection Scope and Content Summary
The Sylvia M. Broadbent papers include correspondence, field and research notes,
manuscripts, publications, photographs, slides, realia, and other material
pertaining to Dr. Sylvia M. Broadbent, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the
University of California, Riverside. The bulk of the papers, dating from 1948-1990,
document topics that are both professional and personal in scope. Professional
records pertain to Broadbent's university teaching, scholarly research, activities
in the academic community, and field work in California and South America. Personal
records pertain to family affairs, Broadbent's formal education, and recreational
and extracurricular pursuits, including activism on behalf of cultural and
environmental resources in the United States and abroad.
A portion of this collection remains unprocessed. Please contact Special Collections
& Archives for additional information regarding this material.
Records have been kept in the order preserved at the time of acquisition, which is
primarily the original order maintained by Sylvia M. Broadbent. Consequently, many
folders contain items outside the scope of their respective series.
This collection is arranged into seven series and four sub-series. The series and
sub-series arrangement is as follows:
- Series 1. University teaching and service.
- Sub-series 1.1. UC Riverside.
- Sub-series 1.2. Other universities.
- Series 2. Scholarly research.
- Sub-series 2.1. Manuscripts.
- Sub-series 2.2. Publications.
- Series 3. Professional affiliations and activities.
- Series 4. Extracurricular Activities.
- Series 5. Personal papers.
- Series 6. Education.
- Series 7. Documentation and fieldwork.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
University of California, Riverside. Dept. of
Genres and Forms of Materials
Clippings (information artifacts).