New in Special Collections

Dr. Gordon C. Pollard Archaeological Research Collection

Processing of the Dr. Gordon C. Pollard Archaeological Research Collection (Collection 2010.1) is now complete and available for research. This collection contains materials relevant to all of his major projects in North and South America, including Dr. Pollard's studies of 19th-century Plattsburgh bottles and Clinton Prison’s early association with the iron industry.

Field notes, original maps and artifact drawings, slides and photographs, as well as some published resources and aerial photographs that aided in his field work, are included. The collection also contains the field notebooks of the students who participated in his summer field courses at the Rickert-Allen farm site in Peru, NY (1982), the Caldwell mine site at Clayburg (1984), and the four summers of excavations at the Clintonville forge site between 1994 and 2001.

Distinguished Career

Dr. Pollard’s distinguished teaching career began at SUNY Plattsburgh in September of 1970, in what was then the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. It ended with his retirement in August of 2010, after 40 years of service at the college. In 1972-73 he served as Chair of the committee to create a separate academic major in Anthropology, and in 1974-75 as Chair of the committee to create a separate Department of Anthropology. In 1981 he established the Archaeology academic minor and served as its Coordinator for 29 years. Off and on between 1982 and 2004 Dr. Pollard served as Department Chairperson for a total of 15 years. 

Dr. Pollard has taught a variety of anthropology courses, including Human Evolution, the Inkas and Andean Civilization, Primates, Archaeology method and theory, laboratory seminars on Historical Archaeology, Great Archaeological Discoveries, and Cultural Ecology. Dr. Pollard was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2009.



Contact Special Collections at Feinberg Library

Debra Kimok
Special Collections Librarian
132 Feinberg Library
(518) 564-5206

Michael Burgess
Special Collections Associate
132 Feinberg Library
(518) 564-5206