Register of the Paula Brown Glick Papers MSS 731

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Mandeville Special Collections Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Paula Brown Glick Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 731
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet (7 archives boxes, 3 card file boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1958-1987
Date (inclusive): 1933 - 1996
Abstract: Papers of anthropologist Paula Brown Glick. Glick did much of her research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, particularly Chimbu. Papers include correspondence, writing, research files and notebooks, as well as a large number of photographs and slides.
Creator: Brown, Paula, 1925-2009


Photographic negatives are restricted. Researchers must request, from the Director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library, permission to view these negatives. The 16mm film in Series 4: IMAGES & FILM is also restricted. Researchers must request a user copy be produced

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Preferred Citation

Paula Brown Glick Papers, MSS 731. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Acquisition Information

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Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of Paula Brown Glick, anthropologist, professor and writer who spent much of her career studying the Papua New Guinea Highlands, and particularly Chimbu. The collection documents her research in the region, as well as a portion of her writings. The papers range in date from 1933 - 1994, with the bulk of the material from 1958 - 1987, and are arranged in four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) RESEARCH MATERIAL, and 4) IMAGES & FILM.
The CORRESPONDENCE series contains a small number of letters both to and from friends and colleagues, ranging in date from 1987-1996. While the bulk of the correspondence relates to research, some letters are more personal, discussing current events in both Papua New Guinea and the United States.
The second series, WRITINGS, is comprised of typescript drafts, reprints, and photocopies of articles, lectures, and book chapters written by Paula Brown Glick. The series is arranged alphabetically by title and only represents a small portion of her writings.
The RESEARCH MATERIAL series is arranged in four subseries: A) Writings of Others, B) Notebooks, C) Interviews, and D) Subject Files.
A) The first subseries, Writings of Others, contains typescript drafts, photocopies and handwritten articles by authors other than Brown Glick. The bulk of the subseries is comprised of articles written by Paul Dage, on topics requested by Brown Glick. These were used in the writing of Beyond a Mountain Valley.
B) The Notebooks subseries includes Paula Brown Glick's field notes, most of which contain genealogies and life histories. Two notebooks from the 1950s, by unidentified writers, are also found in this subseries. The first, from 1954 contains notes on local court cases, and is most likely the transcribed words of local officials. The second, written in English and Tok Pisin, has notes on local meetings to discuss road building, local rules, and court cases.
C) The Interviews subseries is comprised of interviews collected by research associates for Paula Brown Glick. Interviews, conducted from 1983-1987, are arranged alphabetically by interviewer.
D) The subseries, Subject Files, contains correspondence, notes, and copies of articles - some annotated by Brown Glick - collected on topics related to her research. Additionally, the file labeled "Ephemera" contains a broadside for Iambeki Okuk's campaign as well as a copy of the 1943 pamphlet, You and the Native. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title and, in most cases, folder titles were transcribed from the original files.
The IMAGES & FILM series makes up the bulk of the collection. The series contains a large number of black & white photographic prints, negatives, and color slides documenting the Chimbu people. A small number of personal images can be found in the contact sheets. The series, ranging in date from 1958-1994, are arranged first by format, then alphabetically by subject. Unidentified photographs that appear to be part of Paula Brown Glick's fieldwork can be found in folders titled "Papua New Guinea."
Original photographic negatives are separated from the collection and restricted for preservation reasons. Most, but not all, negatives are represented by a print found in the collection. To obtain permission to view the complete set of negatives, patrons must contact the Director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library. One 16mm film is also located in the collection and is restricted. Patrons wishing to view the film, labeled "New Guinea Mission film," must request that a user copy be produced.


Paula Brown Glick received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago. After receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1948, she obtained her PhD in social anthropology from the University of London in 1950. Then, from 1952-1955, she worked as a research anthropologist at the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Brown Glick went on to conduct fieldwork in the New Guinea Highlands for the Australian National University (ANU) program as a research fellow and senior fellow. She devoted much of her career to the study of the Papua New Guinea Highlands, specifically Chimbu. After leaving the ANU in 1965, Brown Glick joined the faculty at SUNY Buffalo. She was promoted to full professor in 1968 and headed the anthropology department for years, retiring in 1991.
During her life, Brown Glick wrote and published prolifically. Published books include The Chimbu: A Study of Change in the New Guinea Highlands (1972), Highland Peoples of New Guinea (1978), and Beyond a Mountain Valley: The Simbu of Papua New Guinea (1995).
Paula Brown Glick died in New York on February 26, 2009.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chimbu (Papua New Guinea people)
Women anthropologists -- Archives



Box 1, Folder 1

Deck, Dilu 1987 - 1993

Box 1, Folder 2

Gigmai, Lawrence 1995

Box 1, Folder 3

Murphy, John 1991 - 1992

Box 1, Folder 4

Miscellaneous 1991 - 1996



Box 1, Folder 5

Chimbu papers

Box 1, Folder 6

Chimbu Transactions - Incomplete book draft

Box 1, Folder 7

Conflict in the New Guinea Highlands ca. 1982

Box 1, Folder 8

From Birth Hut to Disco: Changing Simbu Lives

Box 1, Folder 9

How Studies in the New Guinea Highlands Have Contributed to Anthropology... 1981

Box 1, Folder 10

New Men and Big Men: On the Origin of Social Stratification in the Third World... ca. 1987

Box 1, Folder 11

Population Density, Agricultural Intensity, Land Tenure, and Group Size in the New Guinea Highlands. Written with Aaron Podolefsky 1976

General note

Contains tables only.
Box 1, Folder 12-13

Sartor Resartus: The New Guinea Micro-Evolution Project, 1959-1983 and After. Session at American Anthropological Association meeting 1994

Box 1, Folder 14

Miscellaneous papers 1964 - 1993

Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous notes & writing




Writings of Others

Box 2, Folder 1-3

Dage, Paul 1987 - 1989

Box 2, Folder 4

Taylor, James L. - Mount Hagen Patrol, March - October, 1933. Copy annotated by Brown Glick

Box 2, Folder 5

Unidentified - Chimbu (Papua New Guinea) Compensation System 1985



Box 2, Folder 6

Untitled - [Notes on local court cases] 1954

Box 2, Folder 7

Road Meeting Center, Naregu (Wandi) 1955, 1960

Box 2, Folder 8

"I" - [Mintima genealogies] ca. 1958 - 1960

Box 3, Folder 1

"K," "P" - [Field notes] ca. 1958 - 1960

Box 3, Folder 2

"N" - [Genealogies & notes] ca. 1958 - 1960

Box 3, Folder 3

Two untitled notebooks March - May, 1987



Box 3, Folder 4

James Bile, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 5

Peter N. Frazer, interviewer 1983 - 1984

Box 3, Folder 6

Anton Goie, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 7

Peter Mawoy Golla, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 8

Philip Kai, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 9

Bruce Mondo Kair, interviewer 1987

Box 3, Folder 10

Francis Kombugun, interviewer. "Origin of Life Story" ca. 1987

Box 3, Folder 11

Robert Kuno, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 12

Boniface Nua, interviewer 1984


Naur Awi Philip, interviewer

Box 3, Folder 13

"Old Legend & Stories" ca. 1987

Box 3, Folder 14

"Legends & Stories" 1987

Box 3, Folder 15

Mogia M. Taigy, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 16

John Waine, interviewer 1984

Box 3, Folder 17

Untitled - [Short life histories] undated

Box 3, Folder 18

Information about interviewers & research associates


Subject Files

Box 4, Folder 1

Bergmann, H.F.W. (Willy)

Box 4, Folder 2

Chimbu chronology

Box 4, Folder 3

Coffee growing

Box 4, Folder 4

Downs, Ian

Box 4, Folder 5


Box 4, Folder 6

Filer, Colin

Box 4, Folder 7


Box 4, Folder 8

History & theory

Box 4, Folder 9

Land resources

Box 4, Folder 10

Leahy, Michael James

Box 4, Folder 11


Box 4, Folder 12

Munster, Peter M

Box 4, Folder 13

Patrol reports 1950s

Box 4, Folder 14

Papua New Guinea law

Box 4, Folder 15

Schmidt, Ludwig

Box 4, Folder 16

Simbu Province

Box 5, Folder 1-2

Taylor, James Lindsay

Box 5, Folder 3

Tribal fighting







Box 5, Folder 4-5

1958 - 1960

Box 5, Folder 6


Box 5, Folder 7-8

1964 - 1965

Box 6, Folder 1

1971 - 1984 & undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Chimbu images from Bill Gammage undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Chimbu images from John Murphy 1936 - 1937

Box 6, Folder 4

Delegation of Papua New Guinea at the United Nations 1993 - 1994

Box 6, Folder 5

Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Chimbu, general views 1963

Box 6, Folder 6

Images of Kondom 1959 - 1963

Box 6, Folder 7

Mount Hagen 1965

Box 6, Folder 8

New Guinea Highlands Preparation for Exchange - Photos, notes & book cover for Highland Peoples of New Guinea 1976 & undated

Box 6, Folder 9

Pacific Islands, travels 1958 - 1961


Papua New Guinea - Miscellaneous & unidentified images

Box 6, Folder 10-12

1959 - 1989

Box 6, Folder 13-15


Box 6, Folder 16

PNG, Port Moresby area; Markham, from Lae to Highlands 1963

Box 6, Folder 17

Paula Brown Glick in PNG 1958 - 1984


Contact sheets 1958, 1975 - 1984

Box 7, Folder 1


Box 7, Folder 2

1976, 1984 & undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Personal & family photos 1975 - 1976

Box 7, Folder 4

Negatives 1958 - 1971 & undated


Restrictions Apply

General note

Originals located in AN2/M731/1 - AN2/M731/71, AN5/M731/1-2.


Box 7, Folder 5-6

Miscellaneous 1959 - 1985

Box 7, Folder 7

Chimbu 1971 - 1985

Box 7, Folder 8

Color corrected images undated

Oversize FB-521-1

Film - New Guinea Mission [16mm, color]


Restrictions Apply