The GCAS began in 1928 but we never had a reliable location to shelve our growing Library and Archives. Instead, our group's materials remained in assorted boxes and bins and traveled amongst various GCAS members who stored them at their homes. Thanks to the Imogen F. Wilson Education Foundation (IFWEF), the GCAS Library and Archives finally found a stable home of their own at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site in 2016. Now in 2021, IFWEF and the GCAS are rehabilitating two ground floor rooms of the Heritage Site's Wood House; once the rehab is complete the GCAS will box and bin their materials once again and relocate into those two rooms. There, our Library and Archives will become more accessible and our educational programs will have space for our annual research and experiential workshops.
Meanwhile, we have been better organizing our Library and Archives. As of this writing we have fully inventoried our library materials, cross-referenced our library's "Specific Sites" section with our collections of potsherds, completed a comprehensive list of all known GCAS field trips dating back to 1969, and similarly cross-referenced our known field trips with our "Specific Sites" section and our potsherd collections.
Bonus: library inventory, field trip list, and potsherd inventories are on separate Excel spreadsheets so they are now searchable! Thanks, Excel!
Difficulty: monthly newsletters are our best source of information about our past field trips, but many of them are still missing from our files. We need to fill in the gaps. That's where our GCAS members come in: we are asking all GCAS members - especially those who volunteered to store GCAS materials in the past - to please comb through your bookshelves, file cabinets, closets, sheds, garages, car trunks, and pockets for any old or duplicate GCAS newsletters from any month, any year, that you are willing to give to the GCAS to make our Library more complete.
Got newsletters? Please email us, or telephone Marianne the Librarianne at 772-529-2627 to arrange an E-Z retrieval at your convenience. Thank you for helping!