Papers of cultural and linguistic anthropologist Roger M. Keesing, who studied the culture, history and language of the Kwaio
people of Malaita in the Solomon Islands. The Keesing Papers contain research material generated from his fieldwork with the
Kwaio and, to a lesser extent, work in the Himalayan villages of India, overall reflecting his interest in Melanesian languages
and cultural conflict caused by colonialism. Materials include correspondence with colleagues, friends, family, and associates;
manuscripts of published and unpublished works; ethnographic and linguistic data collected in field notebooks, journals, typescripts,
diaries, photographs, and recorded interviews; teaching material; writings of others related to his research interests; and
computer analysis of genealogical data from the Kwaio.
Roger Martin Keesing, anthropologist and linguist, was born in Hawaii on May 16, 1935, the second child of two anthropologists
who had immigrated to the United States from New Zealand in 1928.
38.5 Linear feet
(46 archives boxes, 21 card file boxes, 11 records cartons, 17 oversize folders)
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