Here at Rogers Archaeology Lab, we have been working for over two years to catalog collections within the River Basin Surveys related to the Great Plains, at the National Museum of Natural History. This project is part of a much longer effort on the part of the Collections Management staff in Anthropology to make the River Basin Survey Collections more accessible. Here are the relevant blog posts we have done on these resources, as well as a bibliography of useful sources for researchers.
Selection of artifacts from Cattle Oiler (39ST224). Read more here.
River Basin Survey Collections Blog Series:
Resources relating to River Basin Surveys Native North American Archaeology:
Resources relating to River Basin Surveys Historical Archaeology:
Resources relating to the History of the River Basin Surveys:
Banks, K.M. and Czaplicki, J.S. (eds.) 2014. Dam Projects and the Growth of American Archaeology: The River Basin Surveys and the Interagency Archeological Salvage Program. Left Coast Press. Walnut Creek, California.
Dammed If We Do and Dammed If We Don't: The River Basin Surveys and Interagency Archeological Salvage Programs 60 Years After. By Deborah Hull-Walski, Collections Manager in Anthropology at NMNH, Kimball M. Banks, Edward B. Jelks, Jon S. Czaplicki, and Lynn M. Snyder.
River Basin Surveys: Origins, Operations, and Results, 1945-1969 by Jesse D. Jennings in American Antiquity Vol. 50, No. 2, Apr., 1985.
National Anthropological Archives Finding Guide to the Records of the River Basin Survey: RIVER BASIN SURVEYS (1946-1969), Records
The River Basin Surveys Collections: A Legacy for American Archeology by Thomas D. Thiessen and Karin M. Roberts in Plains Anthropologist Vol. 54, No. 210, May 2009 .
Thiessen, Thomas D. 1999 Emergency Archeology in the Missouri River Basin: The Role of the Missouri Basin Project and the Midwest Archeological Center in the Interagency Archeological Salvage Program, 1946–1975. United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center Lincoln, Nebraska.