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LIMA, Roberto. History in Trash: the Lost Archives of Donald Pierson. Desacatos [online]. 2010, n.34, pp. 107-118. ISSN 1405-9274.
This paper reconstructs and interprets the process that culminated with the destruction of field data archive that the team of Donald Pierson (1900-1995) collected in its investigation on San Francisco River. This archive consisted of several thousands of typed cards, with information collected by 22 researchers who were coordinated by Pierson on a research that included ten cities placed throughout San Francisco River Valley in the 1950's. Among other aspects, it discuses the disregard of the entity that held the archive in custody, the underestimation of the author in the historiography of Brazilian Anthropology, closely linked to the criticism of community studies, and the vulnerability of Brazilian archives.
Keywords : Donald Pierson; San Francisco River; Anthropology archives; research notes; archives destruction.