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Guide to the Sylvia M. Broadbent papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Appraisal Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive 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: 231
    Creator: Broadbent, Sylvia M.
    Extent: 35.25 linear feet (22 record storage boxes, 1 document box, 8 slide drawers, 1 map-case folder, unboxed material)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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.

    Access

    This collection is open for research, with the exception of select files that are restricted.

    Publication Rights

    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 the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. Sylvia M. Broadbent papers, Collection 231. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Sylvia M. Broadbent papers were acquired as a gift in 2007. Additional items were donated and added to the collection in 2011.

    Appraisal Information

    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.

    Processing History

    Processed by Sara Seltzer, 2011-2012.

    Biography

    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 types.

    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.

    Collection Arrangement

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Bogotá (Colombia).
    Chibcha Indians.
    College teaching.
    University of California, Riverside. Dept. of Anthropology.
    Women anthropologists.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Audiovisual materials.
    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Correspondence.
    Field notes.
    Manuscripts.
    Maps.
    Notes.
    Photocopies.
    Photographs.
    Publications.
    Realia.
    Slides (photographs).