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Additional materials, 1887-2016

Call Number: MS 1956 Series Accession 2016-M-0089

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Scope and Contents

This accession comprises Yale University administrative and teaching files, topical files, professional service files, and correspondence documenting Harold Conklin’s professional responsibilities at Yale University and in professional organizations. The Yale University files document Harold Conklin’s tenure at Yale University, including trips with the Association of Yale Alumni, teaching and research records from the Anthropology and Linguistics departments, and curatorial files from the Peabody Museum of Natural History. The records also document Conklin’s professorial and administrative responsibilities at Yale, particularly in the Department of Anthropology, such as his chair and committee service, courses and exhibitions, the Agrarian Studies Program, Southeast Asia Studies activities, and the development of Human Relations Area Files. Those activities are represented through memoranda, meeting minutes, course and student files, personnel and financial records, event ephemera, and exhibition planning.

Topical files contain field research, correspondence, and biographical materials of Conklin’s colleagues and students, including Patricia O. Afable, Richard F. Barton, Arthur Einhorn, Michiko Takaki, and Owen A. Tomlinson. Files on Floyd G. Lounsbury, William H. Scott, and William C. Sturtevant were compiled by Harold Conklin to write their obituaries.

Professional service files include records of conference activities, presentations, and projects in which Conklin participated.

Correspondence documenting Conklin’s professional activities and communications with colleagues is present throughout the accession and is also included in the correspondence grouping.


  • 1887-2016

Conditions Governing Access

The bulk of the collection is open for research.

Access to Yale University administrative files is prohibited for 35 years from creation of the records. Access to student and personnel files is prohibited for 75 years or life plus five years (whichever is longer). Access to administrative, student, and personnel records is established by Yale Corporation regulations

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.


The accession is arranged in four groupings: Yale University, Topical files, Professional service files, and Correspondence.


From the Collection: 81.42 Linear feet (182 boxes)

Processing Information

Manuscripts and Archives staff grouped material on similar subjects together during processing to facilitate access by researchers. Folders without titles and loose papers were titled during processing.


Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
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