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Robert A. Manners Papers

 Collection — other: All Materials
Identifier: 03-MWalB01450A

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.


  • Creation: 1948-1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1952-1978
  • Other: Date acquired: 0007-07-26


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.

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.


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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

Benjamin K. Schmidt
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections