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COLLECTION — Box: HUM 400 Identifier: HUM 400

Roland B. Dixon ethnology notes

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. Dixon's ethnological research focused on the interrelationship between culture and the natural environment. This collection is comprised of a volume of ethnology notes written by Roland B. Dixon.

Dates

  • [circa 1914-1934]

Creator

Researcher Access

Open for research.

Extent

.17 cubic feet (1 document box)
This collection is comprised of a volume of ethnology notes written by Roland B. Dixon. It consists of 457 typed pages of lecture notes on Native Americans (pages 1-148), Anthropology II on Asia, Oceania, Australia, and other regions (pages 149-342), races and cultures of Europe, archeology, and ethnography (pages 343-382), and ethnology and archaeology of Africa (pages 383-457). Since there are some partial dates recorded with the lecture notes (i.e., month and day), these notes probably represent Dixon's lectures at Harvard University. There is no indication of who created the typewritten notes (i.e., whether they are a copy of notes made by Dixon or were notes taken down by a student listening to lectures) or the date of creation. There are indications within the text that some of the notes refer to Dixon's The Racial History of Man (1923). There are no dates within the volume; however, there are a few citations to published articles within the text that indicate it must date after April 1914.

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 career at Harvard, starting as an assistant in anthropology (1897) and eventually rising to a 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 research focused on the interrelationship between culture and the natural environment in North and South America, Asia, and the Oceania area, including Australia.

Acquisition Information

Received from the Colorado College Tutt Library, 2015 May 13; Accession 2016.007.

Related materials

In the Harvard University Archives
  1. Roland B. Dixon lecture notes and class materials, [circa 1920s] (HUM 399) https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hua33021/catalog
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 and 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 2016.007 Box 1 and needs replacement.
Alma ID 99155447013303941
Title
Dixon, Roland Burrage, 1875-1934. Roland B. Dixon ethnology notes [circa 1914-1934]: an inventory
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
hua35021

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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