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Sarich (Vincent) Papers
BANC MSS 2015/120  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
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  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Content

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Vincent Sarich papers
    Creator: Sarich, Vincent
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2015/120
    Physical Description: 7.50 linear feet (6 cartons)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1979-1999
    Abstract: Papers of anthropologist Vincent Sarich dating from approximately 1979 to 1999.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection 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 without permission of the copyright owner. The copyright for unpublished manuscript material in this collection is held by the donor. 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.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Vincent Sarich papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Jorjan Sarich in 2015.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Bancroft Library Staff in 2015.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vincent Sarich papers, BANC MSS 2015/120, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical / Historical

    Vincent Sarich (1934-2012) was a professor in the department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1966 to 1994. Before coming to UC Berkeley, he was professor of anthropology at Stanford University from 1967 to 1981. Sarich focused his research on human variation, comparative biochemistry, molecular evolution, mammalian systematics, primate evolution, and the evolution of human behavior. Early in his career, Sarich and his doctoral supervisor, Allan Wilson, published a seminal paper in the journal Science in which he challenged standard interpretations of the fossil record that estimated the divergence time of humans and apes as 10 to 30 million years. Sarich established a reputation as a controversial scholar of race and racial differentiation. He as an vocal opponent of affirmative action and published a notable and favourable review of Charles Murray's and Richard Herrnstein's controversial 1994 book The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.

    Scope and Content

    Files relating to Sarich's teaching as well as to his work on race, evolution, linguistics, and phylogenies. Collection also includes some general professional files and personalia. There are some files relating to Sarich's work on affirmative action. Materials in the files date from 1979 to 1999 and include correspondence, writings, and notes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Sarich, Vincent
    University of California, Berkeley. Department of Anthropology
    Physical anthropology
    Affirmative action programs
    Faculty papers