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Jennings, Jesse D. archaeological video collection, 1957-1988
- Jennings, Jesse D. (Jesse David), 1909-1997
- Jennings, Jesse D. archaeological video collection
- 1957-1988 (inclusive)19571988
- 5 VHS videocassettes
- Collection Number
- The Jennings, Jesse D. archaeological video collection (1957-1988) consists of two sents of videos produced by prominent University of Utah archaeologist and anthropologist Jesse Jennings: the archeological survey of Glen Canyon before it was flooded by Glen Canyon dam (1957-1959), and a recording of his popular course "Tabletop Archaeology" (1988).
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Jesse D. Jennings (July 7, 1909- August 13, 1997) was born in Oklahoma and grew up in New Mexico. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago began archaeological excavations in the Midwest and Southeast in 1929. After working several jobs for the National Park Service, including superintendent of Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia, Jennings joined the faculty at the University of Utah, where he taught and conducted archaeological investigations from 1948 until his retirement in 1986.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Jennings, Jesse D. archaeological video collection (1957-1988) consists of two sents of videos produced by prominent University of Utah archaeologist and anthropologist Jesse Jennings: the archeological survey of Glen Canyon before it was flooded by Glen Canyon dam (1957-1959), and a recording of his popular course "Tabletop Archaeology" (1988). All of the items have been digitized and are available for viewing on DVD.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Jesse D. Jennings archaeological video collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.
Initial Citation: Jennings, Jesse D. archaeological video collection A0550. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The materials are arranged chronologically.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|Glen Canyon archaeological survey parts 1-3
The Glen Canyon archaeological survey films were created by the University of Utah Department of Anthropology, the University of Utah Audiovisual Bureau (defunct) and the National Park Service. They highlight the process and progress of the University of Utah's role in the National Park Service grant-funded emergency archeological survey and excavation of Glen Canyon and its vicinity between 1957 and 1960 in preparation for the flooding of Lake Powell in September 1963. The films feature footage shot along the Colorado and Escalante Rivers from before the creation of Lake Powell and show footage of the excavation of notable Anasazi ruin sites such as "Defiance House" and the now submerged "Loper Ruin." University of Utah archaeologist Jesse Jennings describes the extent of the project and the actions taken by scientists both in the field and in the University of Utah's archeology lab. Jennings narrates the films but appears in front of the camera only at the beginning of part 3.
|Tabletop archaeology parts 4-5
In these educational films by Jesse D. Jennings demonstrates "tabletop archaeology," the creation and excavation of miniature archaeological sites that simulate real digs. Jennings gives an overview of tabletop archeology and demonstrates how the tiny sites are made and used. One of Jennings' most popular courses, this particular course was a one week intensive demonstration of field archology conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno in January 1989 at the request of Don Fowler, a professor in the Department of Anthropology. Jennings' narration of the exercise was filmed by his son, David, who edited the final version.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- National Park Service (U.S.)
- University of Utah
- Glen Canyon (Utah and Ariz.)
Form or Genre Terms
- Moving images