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Anthropology Manuscript Collections
at Berkeley

The call number of the resource refers to its location in The Bancroft Library. See also the Anthropology Emeritus Lecture Series.

Barrett, Samuel Papers
The papers were transferred to The Bancroft Library from the Robert H. Lowie Museum in April, 1986. Collection Stored Off-Site: Advance notice required for use. Barrett studied with Alfred L. Kroeber at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a doctorate in anthropology in 1908. He was curator of anthropology (1911-1920), and director (1920-1940) of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Location:
MSS 86/172
Non-circulating
Finding aid available at The Bancroft Library

Bascom, William Papers
Papers related primarily to Bascom's lifelong work on West African art, culture and folklore. Contains personal and professional correspondence, field notes, lecture notes, course notes and manuscripts of books, articles and book reviews. Field notes document the Kiowa Indians; Afro-Cuban religion (santeria); the Gullahs of Georgia and South Carolina; people of Ponape and, most extensively, the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Book titles included in the papers are Continuity and change in African cultures; African art in cultural perspective; Ifa divination: communication between gods and men in West Africa; African dilemma tales; The Yoruba of Southwestern Nigeria; African folktales in the New World; Sixteen cowries: Yoruba divination from Africa to the New World; and Ponape: a Pacific economy in transition. Notes and drafts for the unpublished book Yoruba proverbs are also included. There are also files concerning his membership in and presidency of the American Folklore Society.
Copy of Yoruba narrow band weaving, by William R. Bascom and Ruth M. Boyer (long version with appendices) :also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 2283.
Bascom was a UC Berkeley Professor of Anthropology and Director of Robert H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology.

Location:
BANC MSS 82/163 c
Non-circulating

Benedict, Burton Papers
Miscellaneous papers related to the anthropologist's research in Mauritius and the Seychelles, ca.1950s - 1970s. Includes information on agricultural indebtedness of rural workers in Mauritius; census data from English River area of the Seychelles; papers related to the Social and Economic Survey in Mauritius, ca. 1944, including letter from British anthropologist, Sir Raymond Firth; financial and progress reports by the Colonial Fisheries Advisory Committee regarding fisheries in Mauritius and the Seychelles, 1944 and 1945; and address by E. B. Worthington on the marine fisheries of the East African Coast, 1945; History of the Blyth Brothers & Co., May 14, 1930. Anthropologist, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. Director of the Lowie Museum of Anthropology, 1988-
Location:
MSS 87/225z
Non-circulating

Ethnological Documents of the Department and Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Field notes on ethnography, mythology, geography, customs, language, etc., primarily of Indian groups of California. Includes original manuscripts and typescripts; some items include photographs, maps, genealogical charts, etc.
Location:
FILM 2216
Non-circulating

Gayton, Anna Hadwick
Primarily material relating to the Yokuts Indians in California, including letters from other anthroplogists, copies of her letters, 19 v. of field notes, manuscripts of some of her writings, and miscellaneous notes.
Location:
MSS 79/6 c
Non-circulating
Finding aid available

Gifford, Edward Winslow Papers
Mainly correspondence with Edward Sapir concerning kinship terms and American Indian linguistics. Also included are letters from Hubert Gregory, William Egbert Schenck and Herbert L. Mason.
Location:
MSS C-B 768
Non-circulating

Hearst, Phoebe A. Papers
National Union Catalogue of Manuscript Collection. Collection Sotres, in part, off-site : Advance notice required for use. Correspondence reflecting her family life, her friendships, her philanthropic and civic activities, her association with the University of California as regent and benefactor, and her public and private charities; biographical sketches and personalia; subject files; invitations, announcements and programs; photographs and snapshots; calling cards; clippings. Includes correspondence with Alfred L. Kroeber.
Location:
MSS 72/204
Non-circulating

Heizer, Robert Papers
Heizer directed important field work in the Sacramento Valley of California, near Lovelock, Nevada, and the Mayan sites of La Venta, Tabasco, Mexico and Abaj Takalik, Guatemala. He published more than 500 books and articles concerning archaeology and anthropology. He served as an expert witness in the Indian land claims cases Clyde F. Thompson et. al. v. United States, Docket No. 31, and Ernest Risling et. al. v. United States, Docket No. 37. Archaeologist, University of California, Berkeley.
Location:
MSS 78/17 c ; Some volumes at NRLF
Non-circulating.
Finding aid available
See also: UCAS

Correspondence re: rock art, typed manuscript titled "Rock Art of SE Nevada", rock art reprints by others, appendix re: X-ray diffraction analysis, 1924 letter from George Stewart to Mrs. Wm. Hilger re: land purchase near Strathmore for Indians, obituaries, article by Heizer.
Location:
California Academy of Sciences

Kroeber, A.L. Papers
Kroeber conducted field work with several Klamath River groups, including the Karok, Wiyot, and Yurok Indians; the Yokuts Indians of Central California; with Ishi, the last member of the Yahi band of the Sacramento Valley; the Mohave Indians of the Colorado River region; and the Zuni Indians of New Mexico, among many other groups. He also carried out archaeological field work in Mexico and Peru. He published more that 500 books and articles on anthropological topics, and served as an expert witness in the Indian land claims cases Clyde F. Thompson et. al. v. United States, Docket No. 31, and Ernest Risling et. al. v. United States, Docket 37. Faculty member, Anthropology Department, University of California, Berkeley.
Location:
MSS C-B 925 ; Some volumes at NRLF
Non-circulating
Finding aid available

Kroeber Family Papers
Papers of the family of anthropologist A.L. Kroeber, including correspondence with his daughter, writer Ursula K. LeGuin. Kroeber was a professor of anthropology at the University of California, from 1901 to 1946.
Location:
MSS 82/132 c
Non-circulating

Lowie, Robert H. Papers
Robert H. Lowie was a noted anthropologist, professor of anthropology, and specialist on the Crow Indians. He moved from Vienna to New York in 1893, and later received his doctorate from Columbia University, studying with Franz Boas. After doing curatorial and field work for the American Museum of Natural History, in 1921 he joined the anthropology faculty at U.C. Berkeley, where he taught until his retirement in 1950. Lowie published hundreds of articles, reviews, and monographs in English, German, and Crow. He died in Berkeley in 1957.
Location:
FILM 2284
Non-circulating
Finding aid available

Luomala, Katharine Papers
Anthropology class notes from classes at the University of California, Berkeley, 1923-1938; research notes with annotations by Alfred L. Kroeber; essay by Professor Luomala about her school days at the University of California. (Original lecture notes belonging to Professor Robert H. Lowie have been transferred to the Robert H. Lowie papers.) Katherine Luomala recieved her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley in 1936. She taught at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
Location:
MSS 89/122 cz
Non-circulating

Mandelbaum, David G. Papers
Field notes made during Mandelbaum's research trips to the Kota and Toda tribes in the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India, and the Plains Cree and Chippewa Indians; manuscripts of published and unpublished articles, books, reviews and speeches; incoming and outgoing correspondence; and research and course materials. Kota Field notes from Carton 11, folders 11-38 : also available on microfilm. Professor David Goodman Mandelbaum was one of the first cultural anthropologists to undertake ethnographic research in India. He studied at Northwestern and Yale Universities. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in India and Burma. He taught at the University of Minnesota before coming to the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his extensive fieldwork in Southern India, he worked with the Plains Cree and the Chippewa Indians. He died in 1987.
Location:
MSS 89/129 cz
Non-circulating
Finding aid available

McCown, Theodore D. Papers
Correspondence, journals, manuscripts, reports, and photographs relating to McCown's research and work at various excavation sites in Africa, Palestine, India and California. UCB Anthropologist and Asst. Curator of Lowie Museum.
Location:
MSS 86/3 c
Non-circulating

O'Neale, Lila Morris Papers
Field notes
Location:
MSS 86/194 c
Non-circulating

Palmer, Edward Notes
Author Edward Palmer, 1831-1911. Notes and clippings from 1859-1891 regarding Indians of North America and Mexico that include information on miscellaneous California and Mexican tribes and on Choctaws, Coahuilaas, Delawares, Hualapai, Otoes, and Pimos. Also included is material relating to Yosemite Valley. Formerly part of the C. Hart Merriam Papers.
Location:
MSS 78/23 z
Non-circulating

Records of the Department of Anthropology, 1901-[ongoing]
Includes syllabi and exam questions (1902-1948), and reports and correspondence that include notes from Pliny Earl Goddard and from E.W. Gifford. during U.C. archaeological expeditions. Includes some records of the anthropology museum, mainly prior to its being named the Lowie Museum of Anthropology in 1958.
Location:
UC Archives CU-23
Finding aid available

Shack, William A.
Unarranged collection. Unavailable for use. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.
Location:
MSS 2001/138 cz
Non-circulating

Spier, Leslie Papers
Material relating primarily to American Indians, including correspoindence on his research on Indian cradles; comparative notes on ethnography; field notebooks, mainly on the Plains and Klamath Indians; and material relating to Salish Indian weaving.
Location:
MSS 79/7 c
Non-circulating
Finding aid available

Washburn, Sherwood L. Papers
Contain correspondence, writings, research notes, lectures, speeches, field notes, biographical information and photographs relating to his career in physical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Washburn's writings relate to his expertise in and teaching of evolution, as well as documenting his role in education. Field notes relate to primate anatomy and canine teeth. Field work done in Ceylon, Thailand, Borneo, Rhodesia, and East and South Africa.
Location:
MSS 98/132 c
Non-circulating
Finding aid available

Unpublished Archaeological Manuscripts
Phoebe Hearst Museum
Here we present a simple listing of the fieldnotes, completed and partially finished site reports, and drawings, for many sites and regions in California and other areas of western North America. These are unfinished University of California Archaeological Survey (UCAS) reports, Contributions of the Archaeological Research Facility, or other publications of the University of California, although many of these site reports and manuscripts formed the core for published documents through the university and elsewhere.

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