Finding Aid to the Vincent Sarich Papers

Lara Michels
The Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-6481

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

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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


Series 1:  Teaching approximately 1979-1999

Physical Description: Carton 1

Content Note

Files of materials for a range of Anthrology courses taught by Sarich. Files include lecture materials, syllabi, and course readers.

Series 2:  Linguistics approximately 1978-1999

Physical Description: Carton 2, folder 1-15

Content Note

Correspondence; work with William S.Y. Wang; race and language in prehistory; African Grey Parrot; Native Americans; Austronesian languages; Sue Taylor Parker; phylogenies/evolution; Friedrich Schlegal; assorted articles; Occam's Razor; language trees; miscellaneous notes.

Series 3:  Evolution approximately 1979-1999

Physical Description: Carton 2, folder 16-30; carton 3, folder 1-20

Content Note

Carton 2: Miscellaneous correspondence; education; evolution versus creationism; Duane T. Gish; P.H. Gosse; Hugh H. Iltis; sex in anthropology; Greg Ransom; free will; human behavior; Lee Ellis; Edward M. Miller and Lee Willerman; Advanced Progressive Matrices; schizophrenia; brain size. Carton 3: Mental development; John Allen; diabetes; sex differences; Steven Goldberg; The Bell Curve; human variation/race; molecular clock; primatology; Royal Society; Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects correspondence; Fleagle Seminar; Denisova; R.A. Gardner; prehistoric Mongoloid dispersals; lecture on Evolution; human origins notes/materials; articles featuring Sarich; miscellaneous.

Series 4:  Race approximately 1979-1999

Physical Description: Carton 3, folder 21-33; carton 4, folder 1-18

Content Note

Carton 3: Correspondence; Peter Brown correspondence; materials relating to Sarich's opposition to affirmative action; Cal Sciences interview; Skeptic Magazine; Carleton Putnam. Carton 4: James A. Clifton; Bernard Davis, Harvard Medical School; political correctness; UCB affirmative action; racism; J. Philippe Rushton; intelligence; athletes; University of Delaware; David Lloyd; statistics/data; Race and the Human Condition (book proposal); Race and the Bell Curve (typescript); Race and Language in Prehistory (reprint); Martin Nemko; evolutionary/biological evidence; miscellaneous.

Series 5:  Phylogenies approximately 1979-1999

Physical Description: Carton 5, folder 19-35; carton 6, folder 1-8

Content Note

Carton 4: Lab images; JME paper review; Francois Catzeflis correspondence and research; correspondence with John D. Pettigrew, John Kirsch, Charles Sibley, Allan Wilson, Storrs Olsen, American Scientist (regarding Jon Marks), Rodney L. Honeycult, Roger Lewin, Ralph Estling; miscellaneous correspondence; interview of Sarich and Fleagle; Sarich and Wilson research on molecular evolution; typescript of DNA Hybridization ala Sibley and Ahlquist or Is this any way to do science? (volume 1). Carton 5: Typescript of DNA Hybridization ala Sibley and Ahlquist or Is this any way to do science? (volume 2); Sibley/Ahlquist dispute; Jonathan Marks; Sarich and Lowenstein papers; assorted article reprints and reviews; materials relating tot he 4th International Theriological Congress; grant proposals; marsupials; whales; serology; blood; spot immunoprecipitate assay; avian phylogenies papers; bats papers and research; melted DNA diagrams; notes on morphological difference; notebooks; Lemur/Loris project. Carton 6: lab notebooks, notes.

Series 6:  General Professional and Personalia approximately 1979-1999

Physical Description: Carton 6, folder 9-26

Content Note

Personal correspondence; prepared talks; conferences and symposia; prizes; rowing; biographical; notebooks; miscellaneous.