Peter Diderich, a graduate student at the University of Rostock in Germany, has written an important and in-depth review of the unpublished manuscript Zelia Nuttall and the recovery of Mexico’s past for the Society for American Archaeology’s Newsletter of The History of Archaeology Interest Group. Mr. Diderich was a month at the Bancroft Library of the University of California Berkeley in 2013 reading the Ross Parmenter (1911-1999) 1,500 page Zelia Nuttall and …. (1857-1933) manuscript. Parmenter’s biography is an extraordinary piece of scholarship that is encyclopedic in scope covering the world of Mesoamerican archaeology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Mr. Parmenter submitted his biography to the University of New Mexico Press in the mid-1990s, and after review by this writer it was recommended for publication. Unfortunately, the publishing expense due to its great length prevented publication.
To read the full review click on the following link that will take you to the HAIG Newsletter, Volume 3, Numbers 3 & 4, pages 8 to 17, November 2013. http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/ABOUTSAA/interestgroups/haig/SAA%20HAIG%20newsletter_v3_no3.pdf
As an introduction to his review, Mr. Diderich is quoted below:
“At the age of 88, Ross Parmenter died in 1999 before he was able to finish the manuscript about Nuttall. In his will he stipulated three copies to the Latin American Library at Tulane University, to the Harvard University Library at Cambridge, and to the University of California at Berkeley.18 As for the literary rights, Ross Parmenter’s heirs19 donated these to the Latin American Library.20 There the Latin American Library established the Ross Parmenter Collection, comprising not only the manuscript but also 100 boxes with vast material that Parmenter had accumulated about Nuttall, mostly but not exclusively, for the biography.”
“The manuscript itself is not only a mere narrative about Zelia Nuttall as an important figure in archaeology and anthropology at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. This manuscript is also a reflection on the archaeological scene at the turn of the century. In that regard Ross Parmenter succeeded in piecing together many details into a broad narration about the institutionalization and professionalization of American archaeology and anthropology at this time.” Peter Diderich, 2013.