The Great Basin Indian Archives will collect primary source information not available anywhere else that provides documentation and analysis about the history and heritage of the Great Basin Indian people. Manuscripts that index collections of general material that are specific to the Great Basin Indians are also accepted.
Welcome to our About the Great Basin Indian Archives page. Learn more about the mission of the GBIA.
The GBIA seeks to serve as a tool to engage learners of all ages and backgrounds by offering a 24/7 information resource about Great Basin's native peoples and their rich culture. The GBIA hopes to provide a mechanism and forum for peoples of Great Basin heritage to tell/curate their story in perpetuity.
The GBIA also hopes to serve the instructional community by being a credible insertion point in the curriculum with a substantial reference/resource base. The archives wants to encourage term papers and projects related to the curriculum that could also become reposited in the GBIA. The project wants to tie technology to the past!
Since 2001, the concept of a Great Basin Indian Archive has been actively discussed. To actualize this process, Great Basin College entered into conversations with faculty, potential funders, interested community members, and technical resource people.
By 2004, mission statements, strategies, and policies were drafted. A project outline was developed that identified potential curriculum, oral history formats and protocols, as well as, topics for inclusion in the archive.
Early in 2005, work began on the virtual archive in the form of the first GBIA web site. Plans were made to identify and speak to possible donors and a funding/resource development plan was created.
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