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Robbins (Sterling) Papers
MSS 0767  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publication Rights
  • Restrictions

  • Descriptive Summary

    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Sterling Robbins Papers
    Creator: Robbins, Sterling
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0767
    Physical Description: 6 Linear feet (13 archives boxes and one shoebox)
    Date (inclusive): 1962-1965
    Abstract: The Sterling Robbins papers contain his research and observations of the indigenous Auyana people in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea between 1963 and 1965.
    Languages: English .

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Sterling Robbins papers contain his research and observations of the indigenous Auyana people in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea between 1963 and 1965. His work there was part of the Micro-Evolution Project led by Professor James B. Watson at the University of Washington, and focused on documenting social movements and social structure of highland societies.
    The collection includes handwritten field note journals with observations about Auyana valley villages and their inhabitants from approximately September 1963 to September 1965. Robbins created an extensive set of vocabulary cards with Awiyaana to English translations, and conducted a variety of interviews and psychological and cognitive tests.
    The collection also includes a sizable audio-visual component with approximately 70 reel-to-reel tapes with recordings of songs, rituals, and autobiographies. Also included are several dozen 35mm film slides and photo prints with scenes of marriages, funerals, surgery, religion, cultural events, landscapes and portraits.
    Arranged in three series: 1) LANGUAGE, 2) RESEARCH, and 3) AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS.

    Biography

    Sterling G. Robbins was born in Dodge City, Kansas in 1936. Robbins attended the University of Washington for his graduate studies, earning a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1970. His dissertation, "Warfare, marriage, and the distribution of goods in Auyana" met mixed reviews in the anthropology community and was later revised, expanded and published as Auyana: Those who Held onto Home (1982). After he earned his Ph.D. Robbins was associated with the University of California, Los Angeles in the early 1970s and after some time became associated with the University of Hawaii.

    Preferred Citation

    Sterling Robbins Papers. MSS 767. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 2014

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Restrictions

    Original audiovisual formats are restricted. Listening copies may be available for researchers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anthropologists -- United States -- Archives
    Anthropology -- Melanesia
    Anthropology -- Papua New Guinea
    Auyana (Papua New Guinea people)
    Robbins, Sterling -- Archives