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Institute for the Study of American Cultures (ISAC) Collection (MC 134)

Organizational Note

The Institute for the Study of American Cultures (ISAC) was devoted to the study of pre-Columbian contact between the Old and New Worlds. ISAC was founded by Dr. Joseph B. Mahan and headquartered in Columbus, Georgia. Its activities consisted of holding an annual conference and publishing books advocating a hyperdiffusionist view.
ISAC continued holding annual conferences after the death of Mahan in 1995. The 30th Anniversary Conference was celebrated in 2003.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of records of the organization, including proceedings and papers, as well as various publications, maps, periodicals, and artifacts relating to the organization and its activities. Most of the publications are circulating and are held with the library's main collection.

1973-2015 19 boxes


Permission to Publish

Institute for the Study of American Cultures (ISAC) Collection must be obtained from the CSU Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Institute for the Study of American Cultures (ISAC) Collection (MC 134)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Note to Researchers

See also:

Joseph P. Mahan Collection (MC 32) 


Box List

Box 1 – Administrative Records

Incorporation Papers, By-Laws, Reports, Board of Directors
Anubis Caves (Kenton, OK) – Lease Agreement, etc., 1987
Columbus Pre-Columbian History Museum Contract w/City of Columbus, 1994
ISAC Press

Box 2 – Annual Conferences

Box 3 – Subjects

Box 4 – Periodicals

21st Century Science & Technology
American Institute for Archaeological Research Newsletter
The Ancient American
The Atlantis Organization
ESRS (Early Sites Research Society) West Newsletter
ISAC Newsletter
ISAC Report
Louisiana Mounds Society Newsletter
Midwestern Epigraphic Society Newsletter
NEARA Transit (New England Antiquities Research Association)

Box 5 – Periodicals

News of Early Sites (Early Sites Research Society)
Southeastern Archaeological Conference Newsletter
Vikingship (Bulletin of the Leif Ericson Society)
Western Epigraphic Society Newsletter

Box 6 – Correspondence

Box 7 – Artifact

Metcalf Stone replica

Box 8 – Artifacts

Burrows Cave Stones (6 items)

Box 9 – Media