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Guide to the Roderick Sprague Papers 1800-2004


Funding for processing this collection was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

University of Idaho Library
850 Rayburn St.
P.O. Box 442351
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351
(208) 885-7951

© 2009

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Creation: Finding aid encoded by Lee Steiner 2009
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives850 Rayburn St. P.O. Box 442351 Moscow, Idaho 83844-2351 (208) 885-7951
Creator: Sprague, Roderick
Title: Roderick Sprague Papers
Dates: 1800-2004
Quantity: 31 cubic feet34 boxes
Abstract:Roderick Sprague is a renowned American historical archaeologist and a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Idaho. This collection contains his personal papers.
Identification: MG 444
Language: This collection is in English

The original order was retained with all of the materials from each of the accession. The accessions were arranged into a seven series hierarchy. The first series contains materials on the Coeur d’Alene Nation, the second series focuses on the Nez Perce Nation, and the third series is about the Yakima Nation. The fourth series is made up of materials pertaining to Sasquatch and the fifth series has material relating to Kennewick Man. The sixth series contains the papers of some of Sprague’s archaeology and anthropology colleagues, and the seventh series is a group of oversized maps and photographs.

The Roderick Sprague papers span the years 1800-2004 but the early documents are only photocopies of originals. Included in the papers are correspondence, photographs, slides, recordings on cassette tapes, vinyl records, blueprints, publications, data CD, abstracts, photo copies of original sources, manuscripts, articles, and reports.

Biographical Note

Roderick Sprague (b. February 18, 1933) is a renowned American anthropologist, ethnohistorian and historical archeologist, a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Idaho for thirty years until his retirement in 1997, and then became the University’s Emeritus Director of the Laboratory of Anthropology. He has extensive experience in environmental impact research, aboriginal burial customs, and the Columbia Basin area. In addition to his work in the traditional anthropological fields, he has also attempted to apply scientific reasoning to the study of Sasquatch. Sprague received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in anthropology from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Sprague, Roderick--Archives


The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives.

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with Copyright Laws (17 U.S.C.) and any other applicable statutes.

Administrative Information

The papers of Roderick Sprague were in the possession of Roderick Sprague until the time of donation.

Roderick Sprague Papers, MG 444, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho

The papers of Roderick Sprague were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Roderick Sprague in March 1997 (MA 1997-12), May 1997 (MA 1997-16), October 1997 (MA 1997-31), April 2003 (MA 2003-12), October 2003 (MA 2003-23), March 2005 (MA 2005-07), July 2007 (MA 2007-19), and January 2008 (MA 2008-07).

This collection was processed using the Basic processing method. This collection was reduced by 7 cubic feet because many of the boxes were only partially full so by consolidating the material from the various accessions was able to reduce the number of boxes. No materials were discarded.

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