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Gary Nabhan papers1978-1995 (bulk 1969-2008)

MS 337

Collection Summary

Creator: Nabhan, Gary Paul
Creator: Native Seeds/Search (Organization)
Collection NameGary Nabhan papers
Inclusive Dates: 1978-1995
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1969-2008)
Physical Description 9 Linear feet
AbstractPapers, 1969-2008 of Gary Paul Nabhan, ethnobotanist, plant ecologist, and author. Contains journals, scholarly and popular published works, production materials relating to his monographs, and transparency slides from his research and public lectures. The contents of this collection focus on the Sonoran Desert bioregion and aridlands agriculture and ethnobotany more generally.
Collection NumberMS 337
Language: Materials are in English
Repository University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Gary Paul Nabhan was born 17 March 1952 in Gary, Indiana, a son of Theodore B. and Wanda Mary (Goodwin) Nabhan. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa; Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona, and received a PhD in Arid Lands Resources from the University of Arizona in 1983.

Nabhan advocates for the preservation of desert plants, native seeds, and the cultural traditions of Native Americans of the southwestern United States. The fieldwork for his dissertation, "Papago Fields: Arid lands ethnobotany and agricultural ecology" (University of Arizona 1983), was conducted in the Tohono O'odham nation.

Nabhan began his professional career as a research associate with the Office of Arid Land Studies at the University of Arizona. In 1983, he co-founded Native Seeds/SEARCH, a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the native seeds of the desert Southwest. He was assistant director of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, and later writer-in-residence and director of science at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

He is widely published in both scientific juornals and the American trade press. Awards include a McArthur Fellowship, a Pew Scholarship for conservation research, and a John Burroughs Medal in 1987 for outstanding nature writing in "Gathering the Desert."

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes notes and journals from Nabhan's fieldwork studies and published writing, post-print copies of professional and popular publications, project files, and transparency slides for use in research and public presentations. Most materials date to the decade after Nabhan received his PhD (1983) and reflect his publishing activity moreso than his administrative responsibilities or personal life.


At the time of donation, Gary Nabhan included empty, labeled folders for articles he had written but of which he did not have a physical copy. These empty folders are not reflected in the finding aid, but were retained in the boxes. When new materials were added to the collection in 2018, new empty folders were not incorporated. A complete list of empty folders - from both the original collection and the latter addition - is available in Box 7, Folder 92. This collection is organized into six series:
Series 1: Journals and notebooks, 1969-2008
Series 2: Published materials, 1978-1998
Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1979-1997
Series 4: Monographs, 1993-2002
Series 5: Production materials, 1988
Series 6: Slides, 1972-1990



There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


Permission to publish over 500 words from the collection must be obtained from Mr. Nabhan. Administration of copyright is retained by Mr. Nabhan.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Related Material

Gary Paul Nabhan papers (Collections 2011-0022-X; 2015-0172-B). Southwest Collection. Special Collections Library. Texas Tech University.

Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
Native Seeds/Search (Organization)

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Environmental conditions.
Sonoran Desert.
Southwest, New -- Description and travel.
Southwest, New -- Environmental conditions.

Biodiversity conservation -- West (U.S.)
Conservation biology -- West (U.S.)
Desert plants -- Arizona
Natural history -- Arizona.
Plant communities -- Sonoran desert.
Plant conservation -- North America.
Pollinators -- West (U.S.)
Seeds -- United States.
Tohono O'odham Indians -- Ethnobotany.
Wild flowers -- Arizona.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Gary Nabhan papers (MS 337). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Special Collections in the early 2000s. An addition was processed by Dani Stuchel in 2018.

Container List

Series 1: Journals and Notebooks, 1969–2008
Scope and Contents
Nature writing journals, notebooks, and fieldwork journals created by Nabhan and his associates, dated from 1969 to 1997. Descriptions of most of the individual items were supplied by Nabhan and appear in the inventory below. Correspondence or other papers found in the journals remain in the folder with the journal in which they were found.
Arranged chronologically.
11 Fieldwork Journal, 1969–1971
Scope and Contents
Topics: Poetry, drawings. Places: Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; Gary and Hobart, Indiana; 1st Earth Day Headquarters, Washington DC; Prescott College, Arizona.
12 Fieldwork Journal, 1969–1971
Scope and Contents
Topics: Concrete poetry, "Multimedia Art." Place: Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Note: "First 1 1/2 yrs of undergraduate study"
13 Notebook, 1971
Scope and Contents
Topic: "Shamanism & the Beginnings of Art" Study Book. Place: Prescott College, Arizona.
14 Notebook, 1972
Scope and Contents
Topic: "Literature of the Deserts" Study Book. Place: Prescott College, Arizona. Gary Nabhan and Howard Lyon. Note: "Nabhan's First Sonoran Desert Writing"
15 Notebook, 1972–1973
Scope and Contents
Topic: "Literature of Prairie & Plains" field course. Place: Prescott College. G. Nabhan, Howard Lyon, Cathy Preuss.
811 Field notes - Pinacate and Colorado River Delta, 1975
Scope and Contents
Some notes by Richard Felger and Kim Clifton.
812 El frijolero's Bavi (tepary bean) notebook, 1975
21 Nature Writing Journal, 1977–1978
Scope and Contents
Topic: Spiritual reflections, Songs, poems. Romance with Karen Reichardt. Places: Tucson, Arizona; Rosemont, Arizona.
22 Field Journal, 1977–1978
Scope and Contents
Topic: Pima and Papago ethnobotany fieldnotes and readings. Places: St. Johns / Komatke, Arizona; Laveen Little Tucson / Ali Cukson, Arizona; Fresnal Village / Jizwuli Dak, Arizona; Ventana Cave / Nakajigul, Arizona.
23 Field Plantings, 1978–1979
Scope and Contents
Topic: Landscape and native crop plantings, Pre-Native Seeds/SEARCH garden trials. Places: 510 West Pelaar, Tucson, Arizona. Note on book: Garden Logbook and Experiment Record.
816 Papago fields and surroundings notebook, 1979–2008
Scope and Contents
Used in Nabhan dissertation and book chapter in "Aridland Springs of North America" (University of Arizona Press).
89 "Desert Smells like Rain" notebook - Baboquivari, 1979–1982
813 Papago fields dissertation notes, 1979–1982
24 Field Journal, 1979-ca.1981
Scope and Contents
Topic: Tohono O'odham agricultural fields-- and related interviews. Places: Ali Cukson / Little Tucson, Arizona; Ge Oidag / Big Fields, Arizona; Topawa, Arizona.
25 Field "Plantings" / Weed communities, 1980
Scope and Contents
Topic: Disturbance-responses of annuals on Hohokam terraces. Places: Tucson and Tortolita mountains; Marana, Arizona. Note: "Work with Karen Reichardt and Suzanne Fish" (some loose pages in book).
26 Nature Writing Journal, 1980–1982
Scope and Contents
Topic: Papago (O'odham) Agricultural Terms from various dictionaries and ethnographies in preparation for PhD dissertation & The Desert Smells Like Rain.
88 "Desert Smells like Rain" notebook - birds and plants, 1980
793 Poems -- various, 1980, 1984
27 Fieldwork Journal, Gary Nabhan & Karen Reichardt, 1981–1984
Scope and Contents
Topic: Laura Kerman Oral History, Phenology of house w[est] of Tumamoc Hill. Places: Topawa& Tucson, Arizona; Cabeza Prieta, Arizona; (some loose pages in journal).
794 Loose notes -- various, 1981, 1990-1991, undated
81 Poems and field notes from saguaro booklet for National Parks and Conservation Association, 1982–1985
28 Fieldwork Journal, 1983–1985
Scope and Contents
Topic: Sonoran Desert Ethnobotany, preludes to Gathering the Desert , Bacanora, Chiltepin, Palm; Gourds. Places: Eastern Sonora; Papagueriz Mexicali Valley, BCN; Tumacacori, Arizona; Magdalena, Sonora; Onavas, Sonora.
82 Field notes for "Gathering the Desert", 1984
Scope and Contents
Notes from Sonora, Mexico including ethnobotany and food plants.
29 Fieldwork Journal, 1987–1988
Scope and Contents
Topic Cucurbit (gourd)& bean ethnobotany & biogeography, Cactus population ecology. Places: Durango-Mazatlán hwy, Mexico; Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico; Eastern Sonora, Mexico; Western Tamaulipas, Mexico; Big Bend, ; Carlsbad, New Mexico.
796 Field notes from Rio Grande rafting through Big Bend and Coahuila, 1988
Scope and Contents
Trips taken with Wendy Hodgson, Donny House, and Marcos Paredes (Yaqui).
85 Desert of Spirits journal, 1988–1990
Scope and Contents
Notes from Sonora, Mexico and Italy. Used for "Desert Legends" and "Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves."
815 Journal dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, 1988–1992
Scope and Contents
Used in "Desert Legends" and "Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves."
814 Pediocactus papyracanthus (cryptocactus) notebook, 1989
Scope and Contents
For US Fish and Wildlife status report.
210 Nature Writing Journal, 1992–1993
Scope and Contents
Topic: Counting sheep, Biophilia, Geography of Childhood, O'odham concepts of wildness. Places: Tontozona, Arizona (ASU-sponsored workshop); Woodshole, Mass. (Yale-Harvard Biophilia Workshop); Gallup, NM (1st meeting of Traditional Native American Farmers Assoc.); Organpipe Cactus National Monument; Tohono O'odham Reservation.
84 Notebook on Mescal in Sonora, 1992
Scope and Contents
Trips taken with Dustin Nabhan, son of G.P. Nabhan, Jack Turner, and Conrad Bahre.
810 Native American diet journal, 1992
Scope and Contents
Used for "Why Some like it Hot" and "Coming Home to Eat"
83 Field journal for "Desert Legends", 1993
Scope and Contents
Includes rough drafts for Desert Follies and Borderline Fools.
797 Field notes from "Canyons of Color", 1994–1995
Scope and Contents
Notes with Caroline Wilson in Utah and Northern Arizona.
86 Pollinator field studies notebook, 1995
Scope and Contents
Used for "Forgotten Pollinators" with Steve Buchmann.
87 Butterfly tours notebook, 1995
Scope and Contents
Notes from butterfly tours at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and in Michoacán, Mexico monarch reserves.
211 Fieldnotes and Research, Summer 1997
Scope and Contents
Topic: Boojums and Sonorisnos.
795 Opata notebook, undated
Series 2: Published materials, 1978–1998
Scope and Contents
Publications by G.P. Nabhan and his collaborators. These are largely post-print copies of academic journal, trade magazine, and popular press articles.
Arranged chronologically based on publication date.
21 A characterization of Galapagos mangrove communities (with a preliminary consideration of their ecological succession in relation to coastal geomorphological evolution).Charles Darwin Research Institute, San Diego. , 1973
22 The ecology of Laguna de la Cruz, Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico: A preliminary manuscript done for Prescott College Center for Man & Environment from fieldwork in 1972 and 1973.Prescott College Center for Environment, Prescott. , 1973
21 A characterization of Galapagos mangrove communities (with a preliminary consideration of their ecological succession in relation to coastal geomorphological evolution).Charles Darwin Research Institute, San Diego. , 1973
22 The ecology of Laguna de la Cruz, Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico: A preliminary manuscript done for Prescott College Center for Man & Environment from fieldwork in 1972 and 1973.Prescott College Center for Environment, Prescott. , 1973
23 Prairie revival': bringing native grasses back to pastures, backyards. High Country News, 6(22), 6-7. , 1974
220 Felger, Richard S. and G. P. Nabhan. Agroecosystem diversity: a model from the Sonoran Desert. In AAAS Selected Symposium, 10: Social and Technological Management in Dry Lands: Past and Present, Indigenous and Imposed. Nancie L. Gonzalez, ed. Westview Press. (reprint copy and book), 1978
221 Chiltepines! wild spice of the American southwest. El Palacio: Quarterly Journal of the Museum of New Mexico,84(2), 30-34. , 1978
222 Cottonwoods: sacred and sensible. High Country News, 10, 8-9. , 1978 November 3
225 Sheridan, Thomas Edward, and Gary Paul Nabhan. Living with a river: traditional farmers of the Rio San Miguel. The Journal of Arizona History 19, 1-16, 1978
227 Nabhan, Gary P. and Richard S. Felger. Teparies in southwestern North America: a biogeographical and ethnohistorical study of Phaseolus acutifolius. Economic Botany 32(1), 2-19, 1978
71 Review of "Killing the Hidden Waters" by C. Bowden. High Country News, 1978
72 Endangered Crops Associated with Traditional Agriculture in Southwestern North America: Conservation and Potential Uses. Interciencia Proceedings, 1978
228 Tepary bean domestication: ecological and nutritional changes during Phaseolus acutifolius evolution.MS Thesis, University of Arizona. [Thesis is in UA Special Collections, E9791 1978 142. Folder contains a Nabhan article based on his thesis, Tepary Beans: The effects of domestication on adaptations to arid environments. Arid Lands Newsletter, 10(April 1979):11-16.] , 1979
232 Developing new crops is old idea in Arizona. Progressive Agriculture in Arizona.30(3), 12-15. , 1979
233 The ecology of floodwater farming in arid southwestern North America. Agro-Ecosystems, 5, 245-255. , 1979
234 Nabhan, G.P., C.W. Weber, and J.W. Berry. Legumes in the Papago- Pima Indian diet and ecological niche. The Kiva,44(2-3), 173-190, 1979
236 Qui protege les semences qui nous sauveront? Mazingira 9, 53-58. , 1979
237 Nabhan, Gary, and David Yetman. Seeds: green revolution reaps cruel harvest. The Arizona Daily Star, July 15, 1979, H1, 1979
239 Tepary beans: the effects of domestication on adaptations to arid environments. Arid Lands Newsletter 10, 11-16. , 1979 April
238 Southwestern Indian sunflowers. Desert Plants, 1(1), 23-26. , 1979 August
241 Who is saving the seeds to save us? Mazingira9, 55-59. , 1979
73 Review of "If Mountains Die" by J. Nichols. High Country News, 1979
74 Review of "Wind in the Rock" by Zwinger. The American West, 1979
75 Traditional technology for floodplain management. Symposium on Flood Monitoring and Management, 1979
235 New crops for desert farming. The New Farm,1, 52-60. , 1979, March-April
242 Ammabroma sonorae, an endangered parasitic plant in extremely arid North America. Desert Plants, 2(3), 188-196. , 1980
248 Nabhan, Gary, James Berry, Cynthia Anson, and Charles Weber. Papago Indian floodwater fields and tepary bean protein yields. Ecology of Food and Nutrition,10, 71-78, 1980
249 Hitt, Sam, and Gary Nabhan. Pitcher irrigation for dry soil gardens. Organic Gardening, 27, 124-127, 1980 November
253 Nabhan, G.P., J.W. Berry, and C.W. Weber. Wild beans of the greater southwest: Phaseolus metcalfei and Phaseolus ritensis. Economic Botany 34(1), 68-85, 1980
243 Arid land agriculture: Native crops of the greater southwest. Dry Country News, 5, 10-12. , 1980, Spring
244 Arid land agriculture. Dry Country News, 6, 28-29, 1980, Summer
245 Cottonwoods: sacred and sensible. Dry Country News 6, 52. , 1980, Summer
250 Raising hell . . . as well as wheat: Papago Indians burying the borderline. La Confluencia, a Magazine for the Southwest,3(3&4),18-22. , 1980, Summer
251 The seeds of prehistory. Garden, 4, 8-12, 1980, May/June
76 Ammobroma sonorae, an endangered parasitic plant. Desert Plants, 1980
254 Nabhan, Gary, Alfred Whiting, Henry Dobyns, Richard Hevly, and Robert Euler. Devil's claw domestication: evidence from Southwestern Indian fields. Journal of Ethnobiology, 1(1),135-164, 1981
255 Berry, J., P.K. Bretting, G.P. Nabhan, and C. Weber. Domesticated Proboscidea parviflora: a potential oilseed crop for arid lands. Journal of Arid Environments 4, 147-160, 1981
256 Nabhan, Gary, Cynthia Anson, Mahina Drees, and Danny Lopez. Kaicka: Seed saving the Papago-Pima Way: A guide for desert gardeners and farmers. Tucson, AZ: Meals for Millions/Freedom From Hunger Foundations, 1981
259 Niethammer, Carolyn, Gary Nabhan, Mahina Drees, and Cynthia Anson. Seed banks serving people: Highlights of a workshop, October 9-10, 1981. Tucson, AZ: Meals for Millions/Freedom From Hunger Foundation, 1981
261 Nabhan, Gary, Ken Vogler, and Karen Reichardt. Tepary bean crop ecology, Papago Indian Reservation, Arizona. Annual Report of the Bean Improvement Cooperative, 1981
258 Runoff farming for dry lands. The New Farm, 3, 50-53, 1981, May-June
260 The Sonoran Desert bioregion. Co-Evolution Quarterly,32, 86 -87. (Also in this issue is a book review by Nabhan on Pueblo Indian Cookbook and Hopi Cookery, 51) , 1981, Winter
366 The desert smells like rain. Japanese edition. Translation rights arranged with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. New York through Tuttle - Mori Agency Inc., Tokyo. , 1982
367 Papago Indian desert agriculture and water control, 1697-1934. In Application of remote sensing in evaluating floodwater farming on the Papago Indian Reservation. Tucson: Applied Remote Sensing Program, Office of Arid Lands Studies, University of Arizona; Completion Report, OWRT Project No. C-90258-G. , 1982
368 Nabhan, Gary P., Amadeo M. Rea, Karen L. Reichardt, Eric Mellink, and Charles F. Hutchinson. Papago influences on habitat and biotic diversity: Quitovac oasis ethnoecology. Journal of Ethnobiology2(2),124-143, 1982
369 Sunflower of Indians of the Southwest. The Sunflower 8, 30 and 32. , 1982 January
77 Conserving variability within collections. Seed Savers Exchange, 1982
78 Papago poetry finds power in new forms, review of "When it Rains." Coyote, 1982
79 Papago influences on habitat and biotic diversity, Journal of Ethnobiology, 1982
371 Hopi protection of Helianthus anomalus, a rare sunflower. Southwestern Naturalist,28(2), 231-235. , 1983
373 Kokopelli: The humpbacked flute player. Reprinted in Ten Years of CoEvolution Quarterly: News that stayed news, 1947-57.San Francisco: North Point Press. , 1983
374 Papago fields: Arid lands ethnobotany and agricultural ecology. PhD dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson. (UMI abstract is in folder. Copy is in UA Special Collections, E9791 1983 424). , 1983
378 Nabhan, Gary Paul, and Helga Teiwes. Tepary beans, O'odham farmers and desert fields. Desert Plants5(1), 15-37. (This issue was titled: The desert tepary as a food source: a journal symposium, edited by Gary Paul Nabhan. He wrote guest editorial inside front cover.), 1983
379 Wild species protected by Arizona Hopi farmers. The Sunflower 9, 34-35. , 1983 December
710 Keeping alive food options in deserts. The Seedhead News, 1983
711 Wild relatives of crops in the Southwest. The Seedhead News, 1983
712 Conserving beans - from the FAO to the mountains of Mexico. The Seedhead News, 1983
713 Review of "A Wealth of Wild Species" by N. Myers. The Seedhead News, 1983
714 A design for drought. Organic Gardening, 1983
715 Seedkeepers in their own right: binational team works. The Seedhead News, 1983
716 Review of agroecosistemas-boletin informativo. The Seedhead News, 1983
717 Plant and wildlife diversity associated, 1983
373 Kokopelli: The humpbacked flute player; a Native American patron saint for conserving agricultural diversity as a community responsibility. CoEvolution Quarterly, 37, 4-11. , 1983, Spring
376 Rea, Amadeo M., Gary P. Nabhan, and Karen L. Reichardt. Sonoran desert oases: plants, birds, and native people. Environment Southwest, 503, 5-9, 1983, Autumn
381 Evidence of gene flow between cultivated Cucurbita mixta and a field edge population of wild Cucurbita at Onavas, Sonora. Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Newsletter7, 76-77. , 1984
383 Merrick, Laura C., and Gary P. Nabhan. Natural hybridization of wild Cucurbita sororia group and domesticated C. mixta in southern Sonora, Mexico. Cucurbit Genetics Cooperative Newsletter 7, 73-75, 1984
384 Nabhan, Gary, and J. M. J. de Wet. Panicum sonorum in Sonoran Desert agriculture. Economic Botany, 38(1), 65-82, 1984
385 Replenishing desert agriculture with native plants and their symbionts. In Meeting the expectations of the land: Essays in sustainable agriculture and stewardship. W. Jackson, W. Berry, and B. Colman, eds. San Francisco: North Point Press. , 1984
718 Abstract of "Papago fields: arid lands ethnobotany." Dissertation Abstracts International, 1984
719 Panicum sonorum in Sonoran Desert agriculture. Economic Botany, 1984
720 Sonoran panicgrass: does it merit U.S. endangered species status? The Seedhead News, 1984
721 Review of "Diversity: a news journal." The Seedhead News, 1984
722 Safekeeping Mexican genetic resources. The Seedhead News, 1984
723 In situ conservation of native crop diversity. The Seedhead News, 1984
724 Review of "El fin del principo." The Seedhead News, 1984
725 Seed savers in their own right (excerpts from interview). The Seedhead News, 1984
726 Wild beans and useful genes. The Seedhead News, 1984
727 Review of "The diversity of crop plants" by J.G. Hawkes. The Seedhead News, 1984
728 Mesquite: another great American legume. Organic Gardening, 1984
729 Throwing up the clouds. The Tucson Weekly, 1984
387 Gathering the desert. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Winner of the John Burroughs Medal. File contains paperback from fourth printing. , 1985–1990
390 Nabhan, G.P. and B.T. Burns. Palmilla (Nolina) fiber: a native plant industry in arid and semi-arid U.S./Mexico borderlands. Journal of Arid Environments 9, 97-103, 1985
398 Nabhan, Gary P., and Richard S. Felger. Wild desert relatives of crops: Their direct uses as food. In Plants for arid lands: Proceedings of the Kew International Conference on Economic Plants for Arid Lands held in the Jodrell Laboratory, Botanical Gardens, Kew, England, 23-27 July 1984.G.E. Wilkins, J.R. Goodin, D.V. Field, eds. London: Allen &Unwin, 19-33, 1985
730 Nabhan, Gary and Kevin Dahl. Role of grassroots activities in the maintenance of biological diversity. Native Seeds/SEARCH, 1985
731 Seeds: our cultural heritage. Native Seeds/SEARCH, 1985
732 Review of "Biophilia" by E.O. Wilson. The Seedhead News, 1985
733 Tepary workshop announcement. The Seedhead News, 1985
734 Putting teparies back on the map. The Seedhead News, 1985
735 Field collecting the plant diversity of a Tepechuan indigenous village. The Seedhead News, 1985
736 Phaseolus actifolius descriptors. International Board for Plant Genetic Resources, 1985
785 The red-hot mother of chiles. Impact: Albuquerque Journal Magazine 9(5), 1985
3101 Nabhan, Gary P., and W. Bruce Masse. Floodwater agriculture in the Sonoran: Ethnographic and archaeological perspectives. Paper prepared for the 51stAnnual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, 23-26 April. New Orleans. , 1986
3103 The garden's goal: Reversing desert degradation. Agave 2, 14-15, 1986
3109 Regional seedstocks and Oscar Will's vegetables: Learning from agricultural history. Seed Savers Exchange, Harvest ed,178-180. , 1986
3112 The Sonoran Desert. In Arizona: The land and the people. T. Miller, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. , 1986
3113 Nabhan, Gary, Victor Gass, and Patrick Quirk. Thornberg's fishhook cactus: Conserving a declining species. Agave 2, 4-8, 1986
3115 Nabhan, G.P., J. Muruaga Matinez, F. Cardenas-Ramos, and B.T. Burns. Wild bean exploration in the Northwest Mexico and Southwest USA.FAO/IBPGR Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter 65,23-25, 1986
3119 Bretting, P.K., and G.P. Nabhan. Ethnobotany of devil's claw (Proboscides parviflora ssp. parviflora: Martyniaceae) in the greater Southwest. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology,8(2),226-237, 1986
737 How are tropical deforestation and desertification affecting plant genetic resources? Annals of Earth, 1986
738 Native American crop diversity. Agriculture and Human Values, 1986
739 Papago Indian desert agriculture and water control. Applied Geography, 1986
740 Ak-chin 'arroyo mouth' and the environmental setting of the Papago. Applied Geography, 1986
784 Nabhan, G.P., Greenhouse, R., and Wendy Hodgson. At the edge of extinction: useful plants of the border states of the United States and Mexico. Arnoldia 46(3):33-35, 1986
3121 Native foods of desert peoples found to control diabetes. The Seedhead News19, 1,3. , 1987
3122 Nurse plant ecology of threatened desert plants. In Rare & Endangered plants: A California symposium proceedings. T. Elias. Sacramento: California Native Plant Society. (Conference program and abstracts in folder; book missing.). , 1987
3123 Plant domestication and folk-biological change: the Upper Piman/devil's claw example. American Anthropologist,89(1), 57-73. , 1987
3125 Saving native plants. American Land Forum,12-14. , 1987
3126 Using natural desert ecosystems as models for Agroforestry: The gray, spiney revolution. Paper presented at the Symposium on Strategies for Classification and Management of Native Vegetation for Food Production in Arid Zones,12-16 October. Tucson, Arizona. 232-234, 250. , 1987
741 The ethnobotany of threatened succulents. 4th Huntington Symposium on Succulent Plants, 1987
742 Near extinct gourd found. The Seedhead News, 1987
743 Ethnobotany and conservation: valuing diversity. Environmental Southwest, 1987
744 The desert's future. Agave, 1987
3117 The desert's future. Agave: Quarterly Magazine of the Desert Botanical Garden,2:10-13. , 1987, Fall
3118 Ethnobiology and conservation: valuing diversity. Environment Southwest, 519,28-31. , 1987, Autumn
3128 Pratt, R.D., and G.P. Nabhan. Evolution and diversity of Phaseolus acutifolius tepary genetic resources. In Genetic Resources of Phaseolus Beans. Paul Gepts, ed. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 409-440, 1988
3130 Invisible erosion: the rise and fall of native farming. Journal of the Southwest 30, 550-572, 1988
3131 Southwest project cuts across cultural, national boundaries. Center for Plant Conservation, 3(2), 1 and 8. , 1988
3133 Andres, Thomas C., and Gary P. Nabhan. Taxonomic rank and rarity of Cucurbita okeechobeensis. Rep-Cucurbit-Genet-Coop,11,83-85, 1988
3134 Nabhan, Gary Paul, Robert Tobichaux, Mark Slater, and Suzanne Nelson. Useful desert plants for low-input polycultures. Arid Lands Newsletter, 27, 11-14, 1988
4150 Andres, Thomas C., and Gary P. Nabhan. Taxonomic rank and rarity of Cucurbita okeechobeensis. FAO/IPBGR Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter,75/76, 21-22, 1988
745 New national focus brewing on Indian agriculture. The Seedhead News, 1988
746 Averting genetic erosion and vulnerability. New Alchemy, 1988
747 Thinking globally, saving diversity locally. The Seedhead News, 1988
748 Heaven and hell in a Mexican biosphere reserve. Earth First!, 1988
3135 Enduring seeds: Native American agriculture and wild plant conservation. San Francisco: North Point Press. , 1989
3137 Nabhan, Gary Paul, and Ann Zwinger. Field notes and the literary process. In Writing Natural History: Dialogues with Authors. Edward Lueders, ed. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1989
3140 Gift of the Manitok: from the waters of northern Wisconsin, the Ojibway reap nature's blessing--wild rice. Harrowsmith,4, 72-79. , 1989 February
4141 Nabhan, Gary Paul, Wendy Hodgson, and Frances Fellows. A meager living on lava and sand? Hia Ced O'odham food resources and habitat diversity in oral and documentary histories. Journal of the Southwest 31(4), 508-533. Two copies, 1989
4142 Nabhan, Gary, and David Valenciano. A modest proposal: Restoring the Sonoran Desert at Barnes Butte Bajada. Agave3, 3-5, 1989
4143 On the bright edges of the world: southwest traditions of knowing and growing herbs. The Herb Companion, 1, 12-14. , 1989
4144 Plants at risk in the Sonoran Desert: An international concern. Agave 3(3), 14-15, 1989
4147 Hodgson, Wendy, Gary Nabhan, and Liz Ecker. Prehistoric fields in Central Arizona: Conserving rediscovered agave cultivars. Agave 3, 9-11, 1989
4148 Rescuing Arizona's endangered plants. Arizona Highways, 65(3), 34-41. , 1989 March
4149 Seeds of renewal. World Monitor 2(1), 17-20. , 1989
749 Threatened Hohokam agaves need your help. The Seedhead News, 1989
750 Invisible erosion: the rise and fall of native farming. The Seedhead News, 1989
751 Further evidence regarding gene flow between maize and teosinte. Maize Genetics Cooperative Newsletter, 1989
752 El papel de la etnobotanica en la conservacion. Biotam, 1989
753 Friendship and landscape. The Bloomsbury Review, 1989
754 Invisible erosion: the rise and fall of native farming. The Seedhead News, 1989
783 Reichardt, K. et al. The use of regional native flora for desert landscaping. The Plant Press. 13(1), 1989
4151 A child's sense of wilderness. Orion, 9, 54-57, 1990
4152 Conservationists and forest service join forces to wave wild chiles. Diversity 6(3&4), 47-48, 1990
4154 Desert whirlwinds. Phoenix 25, 84-93, 1990 November
4157 The evolution of a naturalist: finding the wild thread. Petroglyph 2, 5-7. , 1990
4159 Healing the desert. Garden 14, 21-25. , 1990
4160 Managing cultural resources in Sonoran desert biosphere reserves. Cultural Survival Quarterly 14(4), 26-30. , 1990
4162 New crops for small farmers in marginal lands? Wild chiles as a case study. Agroecology and Small Farm Development. Miguel A. Altieri and Susann B. Hecht, eds. Boca Raton: CRC Press. , 1990
4163 On tumbleweeds and dust. Northern Lights,6(3), 11-13, 1990
4165 Brand, Janette C., B. Janelle Snow, Gary P. Nabhan, and A. Stewart Truswell. Plasma glucose and insulin responses to traditional Pima Indian meals. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 51, 416-420, 1990
4167 Systematic and ecogeographic studies on crop genepools, 5: Wild Phaseolus ecogeography in the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico: Areographic techniques for targeting and conserving species diversity. Rome, Italy: International Board for Plant Genetic Resources. , 1990
755 Florutil: ethnobotany of rare plants. The Desert Botanical Garden. Final report to National Parks Service, 1990
756 Food, health, and Native-American agriculture. North Point Press, 1990
757 Hohokam agave status as threatened species. The Seedhead News, 1990
758 Bush food: Australia's revival of wild edibles. The Seedhead News, 1990
792 Hypoglycemic effects of Native desert foods of the River Pima, 1990
4169 Nabhan, Gary P., Donna House, Humberto Suzan A., Wendy Hodgson, Luis Hernandez S. and Guadalupe Malta. Conservation and use of rare plants by traditional cultures of the U.S./Mexico borderlands. In Biodiversity: Culture, conservation, and ecodevelopment. M. Oldfield and J. Alcorn, eds. Boulder: Westview Press. (only 2 pages in folder), 1991
4171 Cryptic cacti on the borderline. Orion10(4), 26-31. , 1991
4172 Fish, Suzanne K. and Gary P. Nabhan. Desert as context: the Hohokam environment. In Exploring the Hohokam: Prehistoric desert peoples of the American Southwest. G. J. Gumerman, ed. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. (two copies), 1991
4173 Desert legumes as a nutritional intervention for diabetic indigenous dwells of arid lands. Arid Lands Newsletter31, 11-13. , 1991
4174 Nelson, Suzanne C., Gary P. Nabhan, and Robert H. Robichaux. Effects of water nitrogen and competition on growth yield and yield components of field-grown tepary bean. Experimental Agriculture 27,211-219, 1991
4176 Dahl, Kevin, and Gary Paul Nabhan. From the grassroots up: plant genetic resource conservation by grassroots organizations in North America. Seed Savers Exchange, 1991 June 1
4178 Genetic resources of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands: wild relatives of crops, their uses and conservation. In Environmental Hazards and Bioresource Management in the United States-Mexico Borderlands. P. Ganster and H.Walter, eds. Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications. , 1991
4179 The moveable O'odham feat of San Francisco. Native Peoples 4(2), 28- 34. , 1991
4180 Restoring and re-storying the landscape. Restoration and Management Notes, 9,3-4. , 1991
759 Fiber content of native O'odham foods of the Sonoran desert. Native Seeds/SEARCH, 1991
4177 Anderson, Kat, and Gary Paul Nabhan. Gardeners in Eden: Native American land management. Wilderness 55, 27-30, 1991, Fall
4182 A child's sense of wildness. Finding Home.Peter Sauer, ed. Boston: Beacon Press. 229-236. , 1992
4183 Nabhan, Gary Paul, and Ted Fleming. The conservation of mutualisms. Species, 19, 32-34. (two copies), 1992 December
4186 Desert rescuers. World Monitor, 5(7), 36-41 , 1992
4188 The fate of the desert on the line. World Monitor, 1992
4190 Hummingbirds and human aggression: A view from the high tanks. The Georgia Review46(2), 213-232. , 1992
4193 Native American cornucopia. Native Peoples Magazine, 5(3), 10-16. , 1992
4205 Threatened Native American plants. Endangered Species Update, 9(11),1-4. , 1992
760 Representing the lives of plants and animals. Wild Earth, 1992
761 A note from Gary Nabhan. Grad Line. Arizona State University, 1992
762 Pollination ecology of Peniocereus striatus (abstract). 22nd IOS Congress, 1992
786 Desert rescuers. World Monitor: The Christian Science Monitor Monthly 38(July), 1992
4208 Confessions from a sheep blind. Counting Sheep: 20 Ways of Seeing Desert Bighorn. G.P. Nabhan, ed. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.155-170. , 1993
4214 Ironwood: Nurseries of the Sonoran Desert. Conservation International Members' Report,11-13. , 1993
4218 Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy. New York: Pantheon Books. , 1993
763 The conservation of new world mutualisms. Conservation Biology, 1993
764 In situ conservation of threatened plant resources: their management in protected areas. Native Seeds/SEARCH, 1993
4222 Nabhan, Gary Paul, and Humberto Suzan. Boundary effects on endangered cacti and their nurse plants in and near a Sonoran Desert biosphere reserve. Occasional Papers in Conservation Biology, 1: Ironwood: An Ecological and Cultural Keystone of the Sonoran Desert. G. P. Nabhan and J. L. Carr, eds. Washington, DC: Conservation International, 1994
4225 The far outside. In Place of the Wild: A Wildland's Anthology. David Clarke Burks, ed. Washington, DC: Island Press. 19-27. , 1994
4228 Nabhan, Gary Paul and John L. Carr. Occasional papers in conservation biology, 1: Ironwood: An ecological and cultural keystone of the Sonoran Desert. Washington, DC: Conservation International, 1994 April
4229 Natural history crashes, resurfaces. Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places. Joseph Barbate and Lisa Weiner man, eds. New York: Patheon.86-91. , 1994
765 Why playgrounds need to go wild. Landscape architecture, 1994
766 Playgrounds gone wild (draft), 1994
767 Portraits in sand. Nature Conservancy, 1994
4240 From the hidden garden. Journal of the Southwest 37(2), 401-415, 1995
768 Preserve native plants, animals. The Phoenix Gazette, 1995
769 A midsummer night's pollination. Sonorensis, 1995
770 The rupture of discovering. The Trumpeter, 1995
771 A redrock place of the heart. Testimony: Writers of the West. Utah Wilderness, 1995
772 Seri Indian ethnoherpetology (abstract). International herpetological Symposium, 1995
773 Wildflower confessions: it's hell being an expert on the blooming. Tucson Weekly, 1995
774 Why playgrounds need to go wild. Seedsavers 1995 Harvest Edition, 1995
775 Do we really care about endangered species. Aridlands Newsletter, 1995
776 The dangers of reductionism in biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 1995
4257 The Forgotten Pollinators. Washington DC: Island Press. , 1996
4263 Nabhan, Gary, Angelo Joaquin, Jr., Nancy Laney, and Kevin Dahl. Sharing the benefits between indigenous communities and other conservators/users of plant genetic resources and ethnobotanical knowledge. In Valuing Local Knowledge: Indigenous People and Intellectual Property Rights. S. B. Brush and D. Stabinsky, eds. Covelo: Island Press. 186-208, 1996
777 Composition of Sonoran desert foods used by Tohono O'odham and Pima Indians. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 1996
778 The desert smells like rain (excerpt). Sanctuary, 1996
779 Enduring seeds: the sacred lotus and the common bean. The Nature Reader, 1996
780 Creatures of Habitat, 1998
781 Nabhan, Gary P. and Andrew R. Holdsworth. State of the desert biome: uniqueness, biodiversity, threats and the adequacy of protection in the Sonoran bioregion. The Wildlands Project, 1998
790 Collaborating with indigenous communities. Recreation, Parks & Wildlife 9th Conference, 1998
366 The desert smells like rain: A naturalist in Papago Indian country. San Francisco: North Point Press.1982 , undated
787 Ethnobotany of wild Cucurbits in arid North America. An annotated bibliography, undated
788 Passing on a sense of place and traditional ecological knowledge, undated
789 Homage to Carols Petrini, undated
791 Endangered species and tribal lands: a position paper, undated
Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1979–1997
Scope and Contents
This series contains files demonstrating Nabhan's work on various projects, including the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix and ironwood conservation. Included also are newspaper clippings and press for Nabhan, his writing, and Native Seeds/SEARCH.
Arranged chronologically.
93 Press for Native Seeds/SEARCH, 1979–1989
51 Conference programs, 1980–1990
94 Press and newspaper clippings - general, 1981-1990, undated
92 Reviews - "Desert Smells Like Rain" and "Gathering the Desert", 1985, undated
95 Data sheets - The Audio Press, circa 1990
782 Ironwood conservation correspondence, 1992–1993
817 Conference program - 5th U.S./Mexico Border States Conference on Recreation, Parks, and Wildlife, 1992
51 Chilies to Chocolate : Food the Americans Gave the World, 1992
792 List of empty folders donated by G.P. Nabhan, 2018
Series 4: Monographs, 1993–2002
Scope and Contents
This series contains copies of books to which G.P. Nabhan has contributed, as well as some books for which he is the sole or first author. Some books contain inscriptions or markings by Nabhan.
Arranged chronologically.
52 Sacred trusts : Essays on Stewardship and Responsibility, 1993
52 Tucson Weekly; A Child's Sense of Wilderness, 1994
53 Desert Legends : Re-storying the Sonoran Borderlands, 1994
54 The Geography of Childhood : Why Children Need Wild Places, 1994
55 The Geography of Childhood : Why Children Need Wild Places.(Japanese edition) , 1994
56 Canyons of Color : Utah's Slickrock Wildlands, 1995
57 From the Islands' Edge : a Sitka Reader, 1995
58 Words from the Land : Encounters with Natural History Writing, 1995
59 Writing it Down for James : Writers on Life and Craft, 1995
819 Directory of Radius of Arab-American Writers, Inc, 1996
510 The Late Great Mexican Border : Report from a Disappearing Line, 1996
511 Resist Much Obey Little : Remembering Ed Abbey, 1996
512 American Nature Writing 1996, 1996
513 Travelers' Tales : Food- a Taste of the Road, 1996
514 The Sierra Club Wetlands Reader : a Literary Companion, 1996
515 Testimony : Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness, 1996
516 Cultures of Habitat : on Nature, Culture, and Story, 1997
517 Nature's Services : Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems, 1997
518 Passing on a Sense of Place and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Between Generations : a Primer for Native American Museum Educators and Community- Based Cultural Education Projects, 1997
91 A conservation assessment of the Colorado Plateau ecoregion (CD), 2002
818 Loose photograph, undated
820 Correspondence -- Desert Botanical Garden, undated
821 Info and recipe sheet for Native Seeds/SEARCH by Esther L. Moore, undated
Series 5: Production Materials, 1988
Scope and Contents
This series contains materials related to the production of Nabhan's monographs, including drafts and edits.
Arranged chronologically.
61-6 "Counting Sheep.",
67-11 "Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery : Why Chilies are Hot.",
96 "Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation - proofs, circa 1988
97 "The Desert Smells Like Rain" - Wendell Berry's edits, undated
Series 6: Slides, 1972–1990
Scope and Contents
This series contains slides produced for Nabhan's research as well as presentations on the Desert Botanical Gardens and Native Seeds/SEARCH.
Arranged chronologically.
612-17 Slides,
98 Slides - chiltepins, 1984-1985, 1996, undated
911 Slides - crop plants, 1972-1977, 1983-1989
99 Slides - farm workers, 1986, 1990, undated
910 Slides - fields, 1985-1990, undated
913 Slides - information presentations, 1982, undated
912 Slides - plant diagrams, undated