University of Chicago Library

Guide to the International Congress of Americanists Records 1949-1953

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Descriptive Summary


International Congress of Americanists. Records




1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The International Congress of Americanists Records contain materials related to the XXIX Congress of 1949, held in New York City. Originally part of the Sol Tax Papers, this collection consists largely of materials regarding Tax's efforts to publish the proceedings of the congress. The Congress explored such themes as: the art of the Americas, early man in America, physical Anthropology, language and culture, population in Native America, etc.

Information on Use


This collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: International Congress of Americanists Records, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Scope Note

The International Congress of Americanists Records contain 1.25 linear feet of material and cover 1949-1953. The collection consists primarily of materials related to the publication of the congress proceedings: correspondence, lists of manuscripts, publication contracts. Additionally, there are materials related to the planning of the congress and its coverage in the press.

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Box 1   Folder 1

Lists of members of the XXIX International Congress of Americanists (ICA), 1950

Box 1   Folder 2-7

Correspondence and memoranda regarding the publication and distribution of the ICA proceedings, notes, 1951-1953

Box 1   Folder 8

Correspondence with Paul Rivet regarding his article entitled "History of the Congress," intended for publication with the proceedings, 1950

Box 1   Folder 9

Correspondence regarding the volume on mixed cultures, lists of manuscripts to be included, 1950

Box 1   Folder 10

Correspondence regarding volume on pre-Columbian high cultures, lists of manuscripts to be included, 1950

Box 1   Folder 11

Correspondence with The University of Chicago Press regarding publishing problems, notes, 1950

Box 1   Folder 12

List of manuscripts published elsewhere and probable rejections, n.d.

Box 2   Folder 1

Drafts of rules adopted by the XXIX ICA for the publication of manuscripts, related correspondence, list of papers to be presented at the congress, 1949

Box 2   Folder 2

Reviews of the various publications based on the XXIX ICA proceedings, 1952-1953

Box 2   Folder 3-4

Plenary sessions: Tentative outline of the proceedings of the congress, resolutions, list of officers of the XXIX ICA, notes, related correspondence, 1949

Box 2   Folder 5

Correspondence regarding the planning of the XXIX ICA, 1949

Box 2   Folder 6-7

Correspondence regarding acceptances to present at the XXIX ICA, 1949

Box 2   Folder 8

Programs for the congress, press releases, announcements, 1949

Box 2   Folder 9

Articles regarding the discipline of Anthropology, 1950

Box 2   Folder 10

Unidentified typescript titled "Proceedings," n.d.

Box 2   Folder 11

State Department press release titled "Intellectual Cooperation in the Americas," 1949

Box 2   Folder 12

Newspaper clippings from the Latin American press regarding the XXIX ICA, related correspondence, 1949-1950

Box 2   Folder 13

Enveloppe fragments (stamps, address labels), 1951-1952

Box 2   Folder 14

Hand-written notes, n.d.

Box 3   Folder 1-2

Financial records and accounts, 1949-1953