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COLLECTION Identifier: HUM 399

Roland B. Dixon lecture notes and class materials

Overview

Roland Burrage Dixon (1875-1934) was a professor of anthropology at Harvard University. At the Harvard Peabody Museum, Dixon organized one of the most comprehensive and functional anthropological libraries in the world and also developed Harvard into a leading center for the training of anthropologists. The lecture notes, bibliographies, reading lists, outlines, and other records in this collection document Roland B. Dixon's teaching activities at Harvard University in the 1920s.

Dates

  • [circa 1920s]

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

.50 cubic feet (1 document box)
The lecture notes, bibliographies, reading lists, outlines, and other records in this collection document Roland B. Dixon's teaching activities at Harvard University in the 1920s. The records reveal Dixon as a theorist and scholar; illustrate his classroom teaching methods and instruction; and offer a glimpse into the teaching of anthropology, American archaeology, and ethnography at Harvard. Of interest are Dixon's lecture notes that center on indigenous peoples' cultural lives in North and South America, Asia, and the Oceania area, including Australia. These notes provide insight into Dixon's research methodology and critical thinking skills to formulate ideas on the organization and interpretation of anthropological facts.

Biographical note on Roland Burrage Dixon

Roland Burrage Dixon (1875-1934) was a professor of anthropology at Harvard University. At the Harvard Peabody Museum, Dixon organized one of the most comprehensive and functional anthropological libraries in the world and also developed Harvard into a leading center for the training of anthropologists.

Dixon spent his entire teaching career at Harvard, starting as an assistant in anthropology (1897) and eventually rising to professor (1915). In 1904, Dixon became Librarian of the Peabody Museum, in 1909 Secretary, and 1912 Curator of Ethnology. In 1918, after World War I, Dixon was appointed an ethnologist for the American Peace Commission to Negotiate Peace. Dixon's ethnological research focused on the interrelationship between culture and the natural environment. Dixon's fieldwork began among the indigenous peoples of British Columbia, Alaska, and California. Later, he spent time in New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, and Fuji. Dixon's work also included ethnographic research in the Himalayas, Assam and Upper Burma, the Malay Peninsula and Java, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Mexico.

Acquisition Information

  1. Received from the Harvard University Peabody Museum, 1995 May 19; Accession 13082.

Related Materials

In the Harvard University Archives
  1. Roland B. Dixon ethnology notes, [circa 1914-1934] (HUM 400)
In the Harvard Yenching Library
  1. [Roland B. Dixon collection, 1901-1912] (W) (photo Asia): the collection contains photographs taken by Dixon documenting his travels in Asia from 1901 to 1912.
In the Houghton Library, Harvard University
  1. James Duncan Phillips collection of materials related to Circular Quarterly, 1902-1952 (MS Am 3287). Houghton Library, Harvard University. This collection consists chiefly of typescript letters by anthropologist Roland Burrage Dixon, historian James Duncan Phillips, civil engineer Charles D. Drew, and landscape architect Henry Vincent Hubbard, as well as other members of their Harvard class. https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hou03200/catalog
In the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
  1. Papers of Roland B. Dixon, 1903-1912 (GEN): consists of notecards containing bibliographic references and label copy or descriptions of Northwest coast and Oceanic exhibits at the Peabody Museum. It also includes a letter addressed to Dixon from Harold B. Wilson and a bill.
In the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, Tribal Cultural Collections
  1. Roland B. Dixon Collection, 1900-1907 (OrSITCC Dixon): the collection contains correspondence and research notes regarding Dixon's expeditions to western Oregon and northern California, where he gathered linguistic materials, folklore, and cultural artifacts from tribal members under the patronage of the American Museum of Natural History in New York."http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv99093"

Processing Information

This finding aid was created in April 2021 by Dominic P. Grandinetti.

Information for this finding aid was assembled from legacy paper inventories, reference sources, and container management data. The collection was not re-examined.

Dates and titles supplied by the archivist appear in brackets.



Due to work-from-home during COVID 19, box label still reads 13082 Box 1 and needs replacement.
Alma ID 99155397213203941
Title
Dixon, Roland Burrage, 1875-1934. Roland B. Dixon lecture notes and class materials, [circa 1920s]: an inventory
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
hua33021

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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