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Allen R. Maxwell papers

Call Number: MS 2017
Scope and Contents
The papers document the professional career and research interests of anthropologist Allen R. Maxwell. The papers include correspondence, manuscripts of published works and drafts of unpublished works, grant applications, fieldnotes, research notes, subject files, photographic slides and audio recordings. Materials related to his career and teaching (Series I and III) include correspondence with colleagues, syllabi and lecture notes from Barnard College and the University of Alabama. The bulk of the papers consists of materials that document his research (Series II, and IV to VII), which centered most closely on questions of kinship, language, social structure, environment, and ethnohistory among the Kadayan people of Brunei, with later interests in the oral traditions of various Sarawakian groups and more general issues of kinship universals. Of particular note are the materials relating to his four years of linguistic and ethnographic research in Brunei and the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Maxwell’s research ethnographic data includes fieldnotes, genealogies, and visual materials from Brunei and Sarawak, a lexicon of the Kadayan dialect of Brunei Malay, and compilations of the Malay texts Sya'ir Awang Simawn and Cetera Syekh Othman.
Language of Materials
The material is in English and Malay.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials in Series I-VI are open for research.

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.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Allen R. Maxwell has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from the Southeast Asia Collection Curator, 2015.
The collection is organized into seven series: I. Correspondence, 1965-2010. II. Research, 1875-2010. III. Teaching, 1945-2010. IV. Visual materials, 1913-2010. V. Audio recordings, 1968-1989. VI. Malay lexicon and fieldnote cards, 1968-1988. VII. Computer disks 1980-2007.
46.33 Linear Feet (97 boxes)
87.37 Megabytes
Related Names
Maxwell, Allen R.
Language of Materials
Multiple languages