Rainbow Bridge/Monument Valley Expedition Archives

About this Collection

The Rainbow Bridge/Monument Valley Expedition (RBMVE) Archives results from excavations that were conducted between 1933 and 1938 along the Colorado River basin directed by Ansel Hall, Head of Education for the Western Region, National Park Service, based in UC-Berkeley. The interest of the National Park Service to establish a park in the Rainbow Bridge area of southeastern Utah and down into Tsegi Canyon in northern Arizona gave Hall the opportunity to organize an intensive survey of this extended area, covering 3,000 square miles. Intending to take only ten experienced men from UC-Berkeley for a preliminary exploration of the area in 1933, he instead led seventy-five men from major universities around the country. A caravan left from each coast, one from The Explorers Club in New York City, the other from UC-Berkeley. They converged on a predetermined date in the desolate settlement of Kayenta, Arizona. The archive consists of maps, photographs and negatives, site cards, original field notes and diaries, catalog ledgers, ceramic tabulation strips, cassette tapes, published and unpublished reports on the progress of ethnographic, archaeological, and botanical research, funding and organizational documentation, analyses, and correspondence. The collection also includes primary materials relating to the Fowler exhibition .... View collection guide.

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