Correspondence and papers relating to his career as professor of anthropology,
University of California, Berkeley; field notes of his work on Indians and Indian linguistics,
particularly the Crow Indians, as well as of Chipewyan, Hidatsa, Hopi, Kiowa, and Washo Indians; lecture
notes; diaries; manuscripts of his writings; subject files and personalia.
Robert H. Lowie, a noted anthropologist, professor of anthropology, and specialist on the Crow Indians,
was born in Vienna on June 12, 1883. Lowie, his mother, and his sister joined his father in New York
City in 1893. He attended New York public schools, and earned his bachelor's degree from the College of
the City of New York in 1901. Lowie taught in the New York public schools from 1901 to 1904. He studied
under Franz Boas, and received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1908. His dissertation was a
study of American Indian folklore, entitled The Test Theme in North American Literature.
Number of containers: 16 boxes, 7 cartons, 1 oversize folder, 4 card file boxes, and 1 volume
Linear feet: Approximately 17.5
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