What are you doing to preserve and archive your applied work for future generations? So of us who have or who are at that point in life and career when we want to "shorten up" face this problem. This is especially true for those of us who do not have an academic home or base for our work product and have not producer the usual recorded of academic publications, yet have made contributions to the development and application of anthropological science and theory to real problems
While there have been some faltering steps to establish an archive -- too little and too late seems to be the case.The oral history project here at SfAA is a start but rather spare compared to the number of applied practitioner out there today and the linkage of their work with that of the founders of this Association.
As Edward Spicer and I learned in 1973 when we put on the Across Generation Symposium at the Tucson meetings, the record for many of the classic applied cases carried out in the 1940 - early 1960s had gaps that need to be filled if they were to be of relevance to the rapid changes taking place in the 1970s. Even then, key informants and documentation was being lost Today that is even more true.
The Edward H. and Rosmond B Foundation has been formed recently to preserve their legacy In the process of identifying former friends, colleagues, and students list in the archive, we are discovering they are either retired, dying, or dead and the legacy is being forgotten. This is a loss to the profession and the discipline to say nothing about the loss for students.
So what are you doing?