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Finding Aid to the Ruth McDonald Boyer papers, 1935-1987 (bulk 1955-1981)
BANC MSS 2012/188  
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The Boyer papers include publications by Dr. Boyer, publications collected by Dr. Boyer, teaching materials, reference files, notes (including field notes) and photographs.
Ruth Boyer received her B.A. in Fine Art from U.C. Berkeley in 1950 and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the same insitution in 1962. She started teaching at U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Decorative Art in 1962. While at U.C. Berkeley she taught History of Textiles, History of Costume, Folk Art and Modes of Communication. Dr. Boyer was Assistant Curator of Textiles at the R.H. Lowie Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley from 1964-1972. Dr. Boyer began teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts in the spring of 1973. During her first semester she taught Historic Textiles of the New World, Oceania and Africa and A Survey of Historic Textiles in Asia, India and Europe. She was the Chair of the Textile Department starting in 1978. Dr. Boyer published regularly from 1964-1983. She also gave talks on both psychological anthropology and textiles.
5 cartons, 9 boxes 10 linear feet
Collection is open for research.