Inventory of the Bill Sonin Papers, 1983-1993

Processed by Members of the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association; finding aid by Mary Morganti; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
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Inventory of the Bill Sonin Papers, 1983-1993

Collection number: BANC MSS 97/52 cp

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • The Bancroft Library.
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
  • Phone: (510) 642-6481
  • Fax: (510) 642-7589
  • Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BANC/
Processed by:
Members of the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association; finding aid by Mary Morganti
Date Completed:
December 2001
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bill Sonin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1983-1993
Collection number: BANC MSS 97/52 cp
Creator: Sonin, Bill, 1939-1993
Extent: Number of containers: 34 boxes, 4 oversize folders

Linear feet: 43.0
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Research files of the Bay Area rock art archive, consisting of site reports, research notes, and other documentation assembled by Sonin and relating to rock art in California and other western states, including Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, and Baja California.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Bill Sonin Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Sylvia R. Sonin, via Dr. Paul Freeman, Leigh Marymor, and associates of the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association on May 7, 1996.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research, with the following exception:
Photograph negatives and original computer disks in Box 34 are restricted: use only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bill Sonin Papers, BANC MSS 97/52 cp, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biography

In November 1993, Bill Sonin of Berkeley, Calif. passed away, and unknown to his fellow avocational and professional rock art researchers, left an extraordinary corpus of material relating to the rock art of California and the surrounding area. A Volkswagon mechanic and computer hardware repairman, he became fascinated with rock art studies during the last ten years of his life.
Sonin began compiling this list as an update on Heizer and Clewlow, but the number of new sites exceeded their original 400. In 1995, the computerized document was published, just as he had left it on his computer, as California Rock Art -- An Annotated Site Inventory and Bibliography. It was edited by Leigh Marymor and published as Occasional Papers, Volume 17, of the Rock Art Archive of the Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association. The Bay Area Rock Art Research Association was asked to catalog his library and research papers and to procure an archival home for the collection. Only as BARARA members reviewed the plethora of correspondence, notes, research papers-in-progress, photographs and articles, plus over 57 assorted binders of rock art site information for each county in the state did the magnitude of his work begin to be revealed. A search of his computer files revealed a computerized database of a 1300 page annotated site inventory and bibliography of rock art sites in California. Sonin's note books were filled with site reports, research notes, and cut-and-pasted documentation of all references he was able to glean for each trinomial.
In addition to the extensive information available on sites, the collection also contains separate files on other topics such as cupules, baby rocks, PCN's western message sites, ground figures, the Southwest, and questions he wanted to pose to researchers and many personal notations.
[extracted from Gray Literature Roundtable, presented at the 1997 SCA meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif., by Donna L. Gillette]

Scope and Content

The Bill Sonin Papers contain correspondence, notes, research papers, photographs, and articles, with the bulk of the collection consisting of his files of rock art site information for each county in the state of California. In addition to the extensive information available on sites, the collection also contains separate files on other topics such as cupules, baby rocks, PCN's western message sites, ground figures, the Southwest, and questions he wanted to pose to researchers, many with personal notations. Also included are Sonin's note books, which were filled with site reports, research notes, and cut-and-pasted documentation of all references he gathered for each trinomial.
The collection is arranged as received, divided into three series: California Sites by Counties, Western Message Petroglyphs, and Miscellany. Files relating to California sites are arranged alphabetically by county, and then numerically by site, with unidentified sites, general notes, and related information following the numbered sites in each county. Files relating to Western message petroglyphs are arranged geographically, and includes sites in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and New Mexico.

Material Cataloged Separately

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Related Collections

Title: Notes removed from Rock drawings of the Coso Range...,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 98/14 c

Container List

 

Series 1: California Sites by Counties.

 

Alameda County

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Sites CA-ALA 1-505

Folder 2

General notes, Richard Schwartz (Wildcat Canyon), photos

 

Alpine County

Folder 3

Site CA-ALP 147

 

Amador County

Folder 4

Sites CA-AMA 3-49

Folder 5

Sites CA-AMA 50-265, general notes

 

Butte County

Folder 6

Sites CA-BUT 2-148

Folder 7

Sites CA-BUT 173-1170, unnumbered sites, and general notes

 

Calaveras County

Folder 8

Sites CA-CAL 107-961

 

Colusa County

Box Box 2, Folder 1

Sites CA-COL 64-127

 

Contra Costa County

Folder 2

Sites CA-CCO 9-222

Folder 3

Sites CA-CCO 320-434

Folder 4

Sites CA-CCO 450-635

Folder 5

Western Message Petroglyphs

 

Del Norte County

Folder 6

Site CA-DNO 63

 

El Dorado County

Folder 7

Sites CA-ELD 69-150, Ben Bolt Site, unnumbered sites

 

Fresno County

Folder 8

Sites CA-FRE 32-233

Folder 9

Sites CA-FRE 234-1345

Folder 10

Sites CA-FRE 1856-2525, general notes

 

Humboldt County

Folder 11

Sites CA-HUM 173-425, unnumbered sites, general notes

 

Imperial County

Box Box 3, Folder 1

Sites CA-IMP 15-33

Folder 2

Sites CA-IMP 45-449

Folder 3

Sites CA-IMP 451-5217

Folder 4

Sites CA-IMP 5218-5245, unnumered sites, general notes

 

Inyo County

Folder 5

Sites CA-INY 10-205

Folder 6

Sites CA-INY 208-268

Folder 7

Sites CA-INY 269-272

Box Box 4, Folder 1

Sites CA-INY 274-280

Folder 2

Site CA-INY 281 (Coso Mountains)

Folder 3

Sites CA-INY 282-388

Folder 4

Sites CA-INY389-417

Folder 5

Sites CA-INY 478-1582

Folder 6

Sites CA-INY 1583-3455

Folder 7

Unnumbered sites, general notes

Folder 8

Coso Mountains

 

Kern County

Box Box 5, Folder 1

Sites CA-KER 1-25

Folder 2

Sites CA-KER 26-129

Folder 3

Sites CA-KER 130-300

Folder 4

Sites CA-KER 301-508

Folder 5

Sites CA-KER 575-2412

Folder 6

General notes, Jack Cawley

Box Box 6, Folder 1-2

Unnumbered sites 1-2

Folder 3

General notes, Kern River

 

Kings County

Folder 4

Sites 15-55, unnumbered sites

 

Lake County

Folder 5

Sites CA-LAK 28-29

Folder 6

Sites CA-LAK 30-1614

Folder 7

Unnumbered sites, general notes

 

Lassen County

Folder 8

Sites CA-LAS 1-84

Folder 9

Sites CA-LAS 108-1144, unnumbered sites

 

Los Angeles County

Box Box 7, Folder 1

Sites CA-LAN 78-357

Folder 2

Sites CA-LAN 363-1789, general notes, map

Folder 3

Santa Catalina Island

 

Madera County

Folder 4

Sites CA-MAD 38-1272

 

Marin County

Folder 5

Sites CA-MRN 57-855

 

Mariposa County (including Yosemite)

Folder 6

Sites CA-MRP 1-898, general notes

 

Mendocino County

Folder 7

Sites CA-MEN 279-875

Folder 8

Sites CA-MEN 950-961

Folder 9

Sites CA-MEN 2019-2300, unnumbered sites

 

Merced County

Box Box 8, Folder 1

Sites CA-MER 3-252

 

Modoc County

Folder 2

Site CA-MOD 1 (Petroglyph Point and Tule Lake)

Folder 3

Sites CA-MOD 17-66

Folder 4

Sites CA-MOD 75-2433, general notes

 

Mono County

Folder 5

Sites CA-MON 4-6

Folder 6

Sites CA-MON 7-8

Folder 7

Sites CA-MON 11-2465, general notes

 

Monterey County

Box Box 9, Folder 1

Sites CA-MNT 15-79

Folder 2

Sites CA-MNT 80-256

Folder 3

Sites CA-MNT 257-1173, unnumbered sites, general notes

 

Napa County

Folder 4

Sites CA-NAP 323-679

 

Nevada County

Folder 5

Sites CA-NEV 3-507, unnumbered sites

 

Orange County

Folder 6

Sites CA-ORA 13-1009, general notes

 

Placer County

Folder 7

Sites CA-PLA 2-26

Folder 8

Sites CA-PLA 37-560

Box Box 10, Folder 1

Sites CA-PLA 561-575

Folder 2

Sites CA-PLA 576-591, unnumbered sites, general notes

 

Plumas County

Folder 3

Sites CA-PLU 2-984

 

Riverside County

Folder 4

Sites CA-RIV 2-20

Folder 5

Sites CA-RIV 21-39

Folder 6

Sites CA-RIV 46-54

Folder 7

Sites CA-RIV 56-114

Box Box 11, Folder 1

Sites CA-RIV 115-361

Folder 2

Sites CA-RIV 367-910

Folder 3

Sites CA-RIV 916-1139

Folder 4

Sites CA-RIV 1156-3638

Folder 5

Unnumbered sites, general notes

 

Sacramento County

Folder 6

Sites CA-SAC 213-290, general notes

 

San Benito County

Folder 7

Sites CA-SBN 4-127, general notes

 

San Bernardino County

Box Box 12, Folder 1

Sites CA-SBR 8-91

Folder 2

Sites CA-SBR 101-125

Folder 3

Sites CA-SBR 131-176

Folder 4

Site CA-SBR 191 (Black Canyon)

Folder 5

Sites CA-SBR 194-216

Folder 6

Sites CA-SBR 217-294

Box Box 13, Folder 1

Sites CA-SBR 304-322

Folder 2

Sites CA-SBR 323-1585

Folder 3

Sites CA-SBR 1603-4050

Folder 4

Sites CA-SBR 4429-5646

Folder 5

Sites CA-SBR 1556-5762

Folder 6

Unnumbered sites 1

Box Box 14, Folder 1-3

Unnumbered sites 2-4

Folder 4

General notes

Folder 5

Barstow/BARARA field trip notes

 

San Diego County

Folder 6

Sites CA-SDI 7-1256

Folder 7

Sites CA SDI 11262-9538

Folder 8-9

Unnumbered sites, general notes

 

San Luis Obispo County

Box Box 15, Folder 1

Sites CA-SLO 2-79

Folder 2

Sites CA-SLO 79-100

Folder 3

Sites CA-SLO 101-336

Folder 4

Sites CA-SLO 340-1440

Folder 5

Unnumbered sites, general notes

Folder 6-7

Carrizo Plain 1 and 2

 

San Mateo County

Folder 8

Site CA-SMA 229

 

Santa Barbara County

Folder 9

Sites CA SBA 15-256

Folder 10

Sites CA-SBA 477-504

Box Box 16, Folder 1

Sites CA-SBR 505-506

Folder 2

Sites CA-SBR 507-525

Folder 3

Sites CA-SBR 526-528

Folder 4

Sites CA-SBR 550-1277

Folder 5

Sites CA-SBR 1282-1380

Folder 6

Sites CA-SBR 1403-1632

Folder 7

Sites, CA-SBR 1633-2013

Folder 8

Unnumbered sites

 

Santa Clara County

Box Box 17, Folder 1

Sites CA-SCL 40-617

 

Shasta County

Folder 2

Sites CA-STA 31-217

Folder 3

Sites CA-STA 267-1169, unnumbered sites

 

Sierra County

Folder 4

Sites CA-SIE 1-391, unnumbered site

 

Siskiyou County

Folder 5

Sites CA-SIS 1-886, unnumbered sites

 

Solano County

Folder 6

Sites CA-SOL 16-277

 

Sonoma County

Folder 7

Sites CA-SON 265-1514, unnumbered site

 

Stanislaus County

Folder 8

Sites CA-STA 29-261

 

Sutter County

Folder 9

Sites CA-SUT 50-54

 

Tehama County

Box Box 18, Folder 1

Sites CA-TEH 205-1407, general notes

 

Trinity County

Folder 2

Sites CA-TRI 1-942

 

Tulare County

Folder 3

Sites CA-TUL 2-25

Folder 4

Sites CA-TUL 26-31

Folder 5

Sites CA-TUL 32-80

Folder 6

Sites CA-TUL 81-83

Folder 7

Sites CA TUL 87-89

Folder 8

Sites CA TUL 91-194

Box Box 19, Folder 1

Sites CA-TUL 202-326

Folder 2

Sites CA-TUL 328-1322

Folder 3-4

General notes, 1-2

 

Tuolumne County

Folder 5

Sites CA-TUO 22-1677

Folder 6

Yosemite

 

Ventura County

Folder 7

Sites CA-VEN 35-151

 

Ventura County

Box Box 20, Folder 1

Sites CA-VEN 152-360, unnumbered sites

Folder 2

Channel Isands (Santa Cruz Island, San Nicolas Island, and Santa Rosa Island)

 

Yolo County

Folder 3

Site CA-YOL-23

 

Yuba County

Folder 4

Sites CA-YUB 24-996

 

Series 2: Western Message Petroglyphs.

 

Tilden Park, CA-ALA-19, Vargas Road, Alameda County, Calif.; Arizona, Nevada, Utah

Box Box 21, Folder 1-5

Western Message Petroglyphs 1-5

 

CA-SOL-16, Alabama Hills and Castle Crag, Calif.; Genoa, Hickison, Tonopah, Nev.; Cedar City, Fillmore, Manti, Utah; Pocatello, Idaho; Klamath Falls, Ore.; Silver City, New Mexico

Box Box 22, Folder 1-4

Western Message Petroglyphs 1-4

 

Series 3: Miscellany.

 

Chumash Indian; Luiseno Indian; Puberty Rites; Geoglyphs; Intagios

Box Box 23, Folder 1-3

Chumash notes 1-3

 

Southern California: Puberty rites, Luiseno

Folder 4

General notes 1

 

Southern California

Folder 5

General notes 2

 

California

Folder 6-7

General notes 1-2

 

Southern California

Folder 8

Ground figures, Geoglyphs, Intaglios

 

Cupules, PCN' s, Baby Rocks, Quarries, Charmstones, Effigies, Solstice Sites, Incised Rocks, Ringing Rocks: California, Nevada, New Mexico

Box Box 24, Folder 1-2

Cupule notes 1-2

Folder 3

PCN'S

Folder 4-5

Baby rocks 1-2

Folder 6

Quarries

 

Softstone, Schists, Bowl quarries, Salt quarries Charmstone quarries, Effigies

Folder 7

Solstice sites

 

Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Folder 8

Portable rock art

 

Incised stones, Ringing rocks

Box Box 25, Folder 1

Arizona: General notes

Folder 2

Colorado: General notes

Folder 3

New Mexico: General notes

Folder 4

Nevada

 

Churchill County, Sites CH 3-123

Folder 5

Clark County, Sites CL 1-121

Folder 6

Clark County, Sites CL 123-146

Folder 7

Douglas County, Sites DO 22-35

Folder 8

Elko County, Sites EL 1-23

Folder 9

Esmeralda County, Sites ES 1-5

Folder 10

Eureka County, Sites EU 1

Folder 11

Humboldt County, Sites HU 5 and HU 7

Folder 12

Lander County, Sites LA 1-9

Folder 13

Lincoln County, Sites LI 1-6

Folder 14

Lyon County, Sites LY 1-7

 

Nevada, Great Basin

Box Box 26, Folder 1

Mineral County, Sites MI 2-22

Folder 2

Nye County, Sites NY 1-44

Folder 3

Pershing County, Sites PE 10-59

Folder 4

Storey County Site ST 1

Folder 5

Washoe County Sites WA 5-308

Folder 6

White Pine County Sites WP 3-15

 

Nevada

Folder 7

General notes, map

 

Utah

Box Box 27, Folder 1-6

General notes 1-6

 

Southwest

Folder 7

General notes

Folder 8

Baja California rock art

 

Sonin Rock Art Site Inventory

Box Box 28, Folder 1

Sonin site inventory I: Alameda--Inyo

Folder 2

Sonin site inventory II: Kern--Modoc

Folder 3

Sonin site inventory III: Mono--Riverside

Folder 4

Sonin site inventory IV: Sacramento--San Bernardino

Folder 5

Sonin site inventory V: San Diego--Santa Cruz

Folder 6

Sonin site inventory VI: Santa Cruz Island--Yuba

Folder 7-9

Sonin Rock Art Bibliography I-III

Box Box 29, Folder 1

Steward, J.H.

Petroglyphs of California and Adjoining States (photo copy)

Folder 2

Rock Art Publications lists

Folder 3

Smith, C.E.

Notes, UC Archaeological Research Facility (copy)

Folder 4

Rock Art Notes, general

Folder 5

Rock Art Sites of California, California Archaeological Site Inventory, D.P.R., 1988

Folder 6

B.A.R.A.R.A. Member List

Folder 7

Bay Area Rock Art News

Vol. 1, no. 1 (May 1983) through Vol. 11, no. 1 (January 1993)

Folder 8-10

Sonin Research Notes I-III, UCARF Manuscripts List

Folder 11

Sonin Research Notes IV, Bibliographies

Folder 12

Sonin Research Notes V

Folder 13

Sonin Research Notes VI, Reprinted articles

Folder 14

Sonin Research Notes VII, Miscellaneous

Folder 15

Sonin Research Notes VIII, Site numbers and miscellaneous lists

Box Box 30, Folder 1-4

Sonin Research I-IV, Reprinted articles

Folder 5

Sonin Research V, "Old Government Road Across Mohave Desert"

Folder 6

Turner, Wilson T.

Selected Petroglyph Catalog (reprint)

Folder 7

Cook, S. F.

"Expeditions to the Interior of California 1820-1840" (photo copy)

Folder 8

Heizer, R. F. and Clewlow, C. W.

Prehistoric Rock Art of California (photo copy)

Folder 9

Mallery, G.

Picture Writing of the American Indians (photo copy, in part)

Box Box 31, Folder 1-2

Rock art and archaeological associations I-II

Folder 3

Bill Sonin, personal correspondence, 1985-1993

Folder 4

Petroglyph trips

Folder 5-6

Site maps and records

Folder 7

Bill Sonin personal notes, miscellaneous

Folder 8

Carrizo Plain monitoring project

 

Correspondence, 1992-1993

Folder 9

Black Canyon, Mojave Desert field trip

Folder 10

Drafts of articles by Bill Sonin

Folder 11

Carrizo Plains, early studies

 

Bill Sonin notes

Box Box 32, Folder 1-3

Miscellaneous notes I-III

Folder 4-6

Unclassified rock art notes I-III

Box Box 33, Folder 1-2

Notes found in library books, I-II

Folder 3

Mazonowicz, Douglas

 

The Gallery Catalog of Prehistoric Paintings, 1977

Folder 4

"Bill Sonin Library, "A list of Bill Sonin's library books donated to The Bancroft Library general collection

Folder 5

California Rock Art: An Annotated Site Inventory and Bibliography, Bill Sonin and M. Leigh Marymor, 1995, UCLA Institute of Archaeology

Folder 6

"Appendix: Santa Clara County"

Folder 7

Catalog of unpublished archaeological manuscripts on file in the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology (printout from web-site)

 

Maps

Oversize Oversize, Folder 1 B

USGS Quads, Southern California

Oversize Oversize, Folder 2 B

USGS Quads, Northern and Central California

Oversize Oversize, Folder 3 C

Miscellaneous maps, Los Padres National Forest

Box Box 33, Folder 8

Trail Guide, Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter

 

National Park Service maps

Oversize Oversize, Folder 4 C

Utah and Colorado

 

Photos and negatives. ** RESTRICTED**

Box Box 34, Folder 1-12

California

Folder 13-16

Nevada

Folder 17-18

Utah

 

Original computer disks. ** RESTRICTED**

 

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