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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