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Cultural Survival Records

Call Number: MS180
Scope and Contents

This collection contains project files, correspondence, administrative and financial records, publications, audio tapes, video tapes, curricula, photographs, slides, and promotional materials created by Cultural Survival. Also included in the collection are a number of publications and audiovisual materials created by indigenous peoples and sympathetic non-profit organizations and subsequently collected by Cultural Survival staff. The bulk of the material dates from 1979 to 2005. Many of the records document Cultural Survival Projects and Special Projects in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America, as well as Cultural Survival’s research and educational projects. Many of these project and research files were kept by Ted Macdonald, Cultural Survival’s first staff member, who preserved the most complete collection of early project files. This collection also contains records relating to Cultural Survival Bazaar trade festivals; the 1992 British and US public television video series Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World, hosted by and focused on the work of Cultural Survival founder David Maybury-Lewis; and a nearly full run of Cultural Survival Quarterly, Cultural Survival’s flagship publication.

Some materials may be restricted due to legal or privacy concerns. In addition, rights issue to the images may be complicated in an attempt to maintain cultural sensitivity. Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director of Cultural Survival, notes: “As an Indigenous rights issue, Cultural Survival now, in most cases, considers it a best practice to obtain permission from the subject of the photo in addition to that of the photographer. Also, some cultures have strong taboos and prohibitions against reproducing images of deceased persons. In some cases, recent international agreements govern the use of such images.”

Language of Materials
This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.
The collection is organized into eleven series: Ted Macdonald Cultural Survival records; Ted Macdonald PONSACS records; Administrative and financial records; Office files; Bazaar and publicity records; Millennium records; Cultural Survival Quarterly records; Cultural Survival Quarterly; Cultural Survival reports and publications; Indigenous and indigenous issues video library; and Indigenous and indigenous issues reference library.
Majority of material found within 1979 -- 2005
1919 -- 2013
140.55 Linear Feet
14 Digital Object(s)
1 web_sites
Related Names
Cultural Survival Inc.
Language of Materials