Thomas (Tim) Buckley, professor of anthropology and American Studies at University of Massachusetts, Boston (1980-2000), had
a primary research interest in the Yurok Indians of northwestern California, beginning with his graduate work (1977, 1982)
and culminating in the 2002 publication of Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality, 1850-1990. His papers include published
and manuscript materials related to these publications, to the Gasquet-Orleans (G-O) Road (Lyng v. NICPA) in the 1970s-80s,
northwestern California environmental issues, land claims issues, fishing rights, Yurok traditional law, culture, language,
and tribal government.
Thomas (Tim) Buckley conducted fieldwork and practiced advocacy anthropology on the lower Klamath River between 1976 and 1990.
His 1976 report advocating against the Chimney Rock section of the G-O Road incorporated Native testimony. He completed his
dissertation Yurok Realities in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries and received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University
of Chicago in 1982. Buckley was on the faculty of the department of anthropology of the University of Massachusetts at Boston
for many years (1980-2000). His book Standing Ground: Yurok Indian Spirituality 1850-1990 was published in 2002. After retirement
he moved to Maine continuing his work as an independent scholar, poet, and photographer.