Finding aid to the Ruth DeEtte Simpson Archaeological Research Papers and Notes MS.1312

Finding aid prepared by Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2011, 2012


Title: Ruth DeEtte Simpson Archaeological Research Papers and Notes
Identifier/Call Number: MS.1312
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1942-1996
Date (inclusive): 1906-1996
Abstract: Ruth DeEtte “Dee” Simpson (1919-2000) was an archaeologist and curator for the Southwest Museum from the 1940s to the 1960s. She conducted excavations in Arizona and California’s Mojave Desert and was the director of the Calico Early Man Archaeological Site. From 1964-1982, Simpson was the curator for the San Bernardino County Museum located in Redlands, California. The collections consists of research materials Simpson created or gathered regarding archaeology in California and the Southwest. The bulk of material is from 1942-1996 and includes archaeological reports, maps, tourist brochures, manuscripts, and published articles written by Simpson or other authors. The collection also consists of 6 spiral notebooks and photographs.
creator: Simpson, Ruth DeEtte

Preferred citation

Ruth Dee Simpson Archaeological Research Papers and Notes, 1906-1996, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.1312; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An folder level inventory is available from library staff.

Scope and Contents note

Collections consists of research materials Simpson created or gathered regarding archaeology in California and the Southwest. There are also notes and research material Simpson collected for her paper Archaeology of the Calico Early Man Site, 1964-1994: A Time of Change and Progress. The paper was published as Occasional Paper, number 16 in 1994 for the Friends of Calico.
The date span of the material range from 1906-1998, although the bulk of material is from 1942-1996. Types of items in this collection includes archaeological reports, maps, tourist brochures, manuscripts, and published articles written by Simpson or other authors. The collection also consists of 6 spiral notebooks and photographs.

Processing history

Finding aid created by Anna Liza Posas, 2011 and revised 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Related Publication note

Simpson, Ruth Dee. Archaeology of the Calico Early Man Site 1964-1994 : a time of change and progress. Yerma: Friends of Calico, 1994.

Acquisition

Donated by Ruth Dee Simpson to the Braun Research Library Collection, circa 1994.

Biographical/Historical note

Ruth DeEtte “Dee” Simpson (1919-2000) was an archaeologist and curator for the Southwest Museum from the 1940s to the 1960s. She conducted excavations in Arizona and California’s Mojave Desert and was the director of the Calico Early Man Archaeological Site. She also worked with Mark Raymond Harrington at the Tule Springs and Gypsum Cave sites in Nevada and Borax Lake and Little Lake in California.
From 1964-1982, Simpson was the curator for the San Bernardino County Museum located in Redlands, California, where she continued to direct the dig at Calico.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Archaeological expeditions -- California
Archaeologists
Archaeology
Articles
Calico (Calif.)
Indians of North America -- California
Manuscripts
Maps
Notebooks
Photographs
Typescripts
Women archaeologists