This collection contains notes, photographs, articles, manuscripts, maps, published papers, clippings, correspondence, sound
recordings, and other material from cultural anthropologist Ralph C. Michelsen. Materials in the collection mostly pertain
to Michelsen's anthropological research on numerous indigenous tribes in North and Central America, including the PaiPai and
Kiliwa of Baja California, various Luiseño groups in southern California, the Mohave and Cocopah, the Seri of Mexico, and
other groups in Mexico and Guatemala including Cora and Maya.
Ralph Copeland Michelsen was born August 14, 1913, in Portland, Oregon, and died June 6, 1996, in Ashland, Oregon, of kidney
failure. Having overcome significant childhood adversity, he educated himself and lived an extraordinarily varied, adventurous,
and ultimately rewarding life. He regarded intellect, honesty, and integrity as preeminent values and these were the standards
which he set for himself and others.
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