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Robert C. Hunt papers

 Collection — other: 6 record center boxes, 1 manuscript box
Identifier: 03-MWalB00314A

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection were created from 1956 to 2002, and document Professor Hunt's graduate education and professional career. Included are correspondence, notes, drafts, and papers.


  • Creation: 1956-2002, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 20020700


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of Brandeis University Libraries, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Some material is restricted. 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.

Biographical or Historical Information

Professor Robert C. Hunt taught Anthropology at Brandeis University from 1969 until his retirement in 2002. Hunt was born May 30, 1934 in Binghamton, New York. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Hamilton College, a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Hunt taught at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle before coming to Brandeis. At Brandeis, he taught courses in economic anthropology, development and cross cultural study, and served as Chair of the Anthropology Department 1980-1983 and 1990 -1993. In addition, he served on many committees at Brandeis and was Faculty Representative to the Board for two terms. He was awarded the Louis Dembitz Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Brandeis for the 2001-2002 academic year. Hunt's scholarly interests include the study of economic and social structure, particularly with respect to irrigation and exchange systems. He was the editor of Personalities in Cultures: Readings in Psychological Anthropology, published in 1967, and co-editor of Property in Economic Context, published in 1998. His interest in the theory and method of measurement and comparison in Anthropology has culminated in a book, Beyond Relativism: Rethinking Comparability in Cultural Anthropology, to be published in 2007. Hunt has served in several offices for the Society for Economic Anthropology: as Vice-President from 1992 to 1993, President from 1993 to 1994, and has served on the Editorial Board since 2001.


6.50 Linear Feet

6 record center boxes, 1 manuscript box other_unmapped

6.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in eight series: 1. Coursework, 1956-1963, undated;  2. Dissertation, 1962-1966, undated;  3. Correspondence, 1957-1975, undated;  4. Fieldwork, 1959-1976, undated;  5. Administrative Files, 1972-2002, undated;  6. Professional Activities, 1985-1995, undated;  7. Conferences and Talks, 1965-1990, undated;  8. Research and Publications, 1962-1990, undated. 

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Custodial History

Robert C. Hunt is the original owner of these materials.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Professor Robert C. Hunt.

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.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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