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Nietschmann (Bernard) papers
BANC MSS 2010/185  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Biographical Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • System of Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Related Collections
  • Related Collections
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Separated Materials
  • Publication Rights

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Bernard Nietschmann papers
    Creator: Nietschmann, Bernard
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2010/185
    Physical Description: 30 Linear Feet (19 cartons, 2 boxes, 1 volume, 21 oversize folders, and 1 roll)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-2001
    Abstract: The Bernard Nietschmann papers document his professional career as a cultural geographer, scholar, teacher, and activist. The bulk of the collection concerns his work with the Miskito Indians and other indigenous peoples in Central America and worldwide. The collection includes correspondence; writings; research data, field notes, and subject files; materials related to the Maya Mapping Project and Maya Atlas; research proposals and professional projects; teaching materials; administrative files; personalia and biographical material; drawings, maps, and posters; and audiovisual materials.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English, Spanish, and Miskito.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Cartons 1-19, boxes 1-2, oversize folders 1-21, and roll 1 are open for research. Volume 1 includes restricted information and is closed to researchers until 2057.


    No future additions are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Bernard Nietschmann papers were given to The Bancroft Library in 2010 by Brian Weiss, Executor of the Estate of Angelina Nietschmann.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternative forms of this collection.

    Biographical Information

    Cultural geographer Bernard Q. Nietschmann (1941-2000) was a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley from 1977 until 2000. He was known for his field work with the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua, and his role advising them during their negotiations for self-determination with the Sandinista government. Nietschmann also established the Maya Mapping Project, using cultural geography to help the Maya in southern Belize produce an atlas that documented their homeland and promoted their rights to land. He published extensive studies on sea turtles in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Torres Strait, documented dangerous beaches and advocated for the safety of divers, and was a spokesperson for the Fourth World Movement.
    Nietschmann was born in Peoria, Illinois. He attended UCLA, where he received a BA in geography in 1965. He received his MA and Ph.D. in Geography at University of Wisconsin (1968 and 1970), and taught at the University of Michigan before coming to Berkeley in 1977. Nietschmann won teaching awards at both schools. He was a member of the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, a founding member of the board of directors of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, and a Pew Foundation Fellow in conservation and environment. Nietschmann died in Berkeley after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bernard Nietschmann papers, BANC MSS 2010/185, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Marjorie Bryer in 2020.

    Related Collections

    Photographs from the Bernard Nietschmann papers [graphic] (BANC PIC 2011.015)

    Related Collections

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz papers (BANC MSS 2004/222 z)

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Bernard Nietschmann papers document his professional career as a cultural geographer, scholar, teacher, and activist. The bulk of the collection concerns his work with the Miskito Indians and other indigenous peoples in Central America and worldwide. The collection is divided into 10 series: Correspondence; Writings; Research Data, Field Notebooks, and Subject Files; Maya Mapping Project; Research Proposals and Professional Projects; Course Materials; University of California, Berkeley Administrative Materials; Personalia and Biographical Material; Drawings, Maps, and Posters; and Audiovisual Materials.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
    Digital materials transferred to the Digital Collections Unit of The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Nietschmann, Bernard -- Archives.
    University of California, Berkeley. -- Department of Georgraphy.
    Maya Mapping Project.
    Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional.
    Maya atlas.
    Miskito Indians -- Government relations.
    Miskito Indians -- Wars.
    Indians of Central America -- Nicaragua -- Government relations.
    Indians of Central America -- Wars -- Nicaragua.
    Indigenous peoples -- Land tenure.
    Sea turtles -- Central America.
    Sea turtles -- Caribbean Sea.
    Marine animals -- Torres Strait.
    Cultural geography.
    Nicaragua -- Politics and government -- 1979-1990.