Norman E. Whitten, Jr. Papers, 1959-2018 | University of Illinois Archives
|Room 146 Main Library, Prior Request Preferred||1 Oversize Folder|
|Offsite: Prior notice required||14 Boxes|
|Room 146 Main Library, Prior Request Preferred||2 boxes|
|Room 146 Main Library, Prior Request Preferred||3 boxes|
|Room 146 Main Library, Prior Request Preferred||3 Oversize Folders|
|Room 146 Main Library, Prior Request Preferred||5 boxes|
|Offsite: Prior notice required||Audiovisual and Digital Items in Preservation|
Norman E. Whitten, Jr. (1937- ) is a professor emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. Professor Whitten is internationally recognized for his research on Afro-Latin and Indigenous peoples of the Upper Amazonian Rainforest, most notably the Canelos Quichua. He has published articles and books, including Histories of the Present: People and Power in Ecuador (with Dorothea [Sibby] Scott Whitten, 2011), and Puyo Runa: Imagery and Power in Modern Amazonia (2008), and Millennial Ecuador: Critical Essays on Cultural Transformations and Social Dynamics (2003). In 1975, Professor Whitten and his wife, Dorothea (Sibby) Scott Whitten (1930-2011), cofounded the Sacha Runa Research Foundation, a not for profit organization to support research among ethnically identifiable peoples of Ecuador; to promote recognition of aesthetic values and cultural traditions of these peoples; to fund a medical-care; and to disseminate relevant research reports and publications.
The papers of Norman E Whitten, Jr. consist of correspondence, research files, grant materials, conference papers, lectures, anthropological association newsletters, exhibit files, teaching materials, VHS and audiocassette tapes, drafts, and publications. Also included are several of Dorothea (Sibby) Scott Whitten's drafts, publications, conference presentations, and lectures. Finally, this collection contains drawings by Alfonso Chango, as well as relevant correspondence, newspaper clippings, and field notes.
This collection is organized into 7 series. Series 1: Personal Files, arranged chronologically; Series 2: Professional Papers, organized alphabetically; Series 3: Grant Files, listed alphabetically; Series 4: Committee and Professional Service, arranged alphabetically; Series 5: Exhibits, arranged chronologically; Series 6: Publications, listed chronologically; Series 7: Alfonso Chango Drawings and Papers, organized chronologically; Series 8: Research and Field Work, arranged by subseries; Series 9: Audiovisual Materials, alphabetically arranged; Series 10: Digital, alphabetically listed. Series 9 and 10 are currently unprocessed and unavailable to researchers.