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Grace Burkholder papers

 Collection
Identifier: BUSC-2006-003-1

Scope and Contents

Grace Burkholder lived and worked in Dharan, Saudi Arabia for twenty years. She was an elementary school teacher assigned to teach in the oils camps of ARAMCO. During her time in Saudi Arabia, though, she became a widely respected amateur archaeologist known for her discoveries in eastern Saudi Arabia. Burkholder was also an ardent world traveler, and as such, her travels are reflected in the contents of her collection. However, the collection's materials are predominately from and about her archaeological work conducted in Saudi Arabia. The collection consists of more than 5,000 photographs and slides of artifacts, archaeological sites, and excavations, several hundred maps, numerous posters, manuscripts, and correspondence related to her archaeological research. It also contains teaching materials used by Burkholder in Saudi Arabia and monographs from her personal research library.

Dates

  • 1960 - 2000

Extent

24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Grace Burkholder was a school teacher and amateur archaeologist. She lived in Dharan, Saudi Arabia for twenty years (circa 1960-1980) where she worked as a school teacher for ARAMCO (the Saudi Arabian Oil Company). She became famous in the field of Near Eastern archaeology for the significant discoveries she made during her work tenure, often on weekends and in her spare time. Burkholder is credited with finding several Ubaid sites along the Persia Gulf. Among her discoveries were pottery shards from the fifth millennium BCE that proved that Mesopotamia Ubaid culture extended farther into the Arabian desert than had been previously known. 

This collection largely concerns Burkholder's archaeological work conducted in Saudi Arabia. It contains more than 5,000 photographs and slides of artifacts, archaeological sites, and excavations, as well as several hundred maps, numerous posters, manuscripts, and correspondence related to her archaeological research. It also contains teaching materials used by Burkholder in Saudi Arabia

Following Burkholder's death in 2000, her papers were donated to the University Libraries in 2007 by her granddaughter, Dr. Jo Burkholder, a former graduate student in Binghamton University's Anthropology department.

Arrangement of Materials

The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Correspondence (1960-2000). The correspondence is divided into Incoming and Outgoing, and thereunder, chronologically (Boxes 1-3).

Series 2: Manuscripts. Subseries consist of Monographs by Burkholder; Ubaid Archaeology Articles, presentations, and Site Notes; and Manuscripts and Works by other Researchers (Boxes 4-6).

Series 3: Field Notes and Line Drawings (Box 7).

Series 4: Publications (Box 8).

Series 5: Photographic Materials. Subseries consist of Photographs, Negatives, and Slides (Boxes 9-34).

Series 6: Oversized Miscellaneous Materials (Boxes 35-38).

Series 7: Maps, Photographs, Posters and Ephemera (Map drawers).

Series 8: Monographs. The books in this collection are catalogued and housed in the Special Collections department or in other locations in the University Libraries' system.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jo Burkholder, 2007.
Title
Guide to the Grace Burkholder papers
Author
Beth Turcy Kilmarx
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Binghamton NY 13902 USA