Robert A. Manners Papers Edit


03 MWalB01450A


  • 1948-1994 (Creation)
  • 1952-1978 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 0007-07-26 (Other)


  • 5.50 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 5.50 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    In original order

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Accruals and Additions

    11/1/07, 09/01/11

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Robert A. Manners was a professor at Brandeis University in the Anthropology department from 1952-1979 and Chairman of the department from 1963-68 and 1978-79. His vast and prolific research includes Puerto Rican culture, East African tribes, American Indians of the Southern Western United States, and cultural theory. Born in 1914, he graduated from Columbia University with a Ph.D in Anthropology in 1950. He worked briefly at the University of Rochester, until he was hired by the young Brandeis University in 1952 to join the Sociology and Anthropology department (at the time, these two departments were combined). He would be instrumental in building the Anthropology Department (helping to separate it from Sociology) and developing a strong reputation in the academic community, serving as its first chairman. Though he retired in 1979, he remained an active participant in the academic community serving as professor emeritus until his death and continuing to write and publish works through the 1990s. These included the textbook Culture Theory, which he wrote with David Kaplan, also of Brandeis. Manners was noted for his fieldwork in Latin American rural communities, East Africa, and the American Southwest. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 82.

  • Scope and Contents

    The materials in this collection ranges from 1948-1994, largely between 1952-1979. The collection includes a variety of field notes, Brandeis course materials, research materials and drafts, manuscripts, publications, articles, lecture programs, BUNWC Lectures, documents related to his research and testimony during Indian lands claims cases, field work with tribes of the American Southwest, correspondence to colleagues, and lecture notes from classes taught at Brandeis.


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