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Counts (David and Dorothy) Collection on West New Britain
MSS 0576  
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Journals, research materials, photographs, sound recordings, films and digital files created by David and Dorothy Counts, a husband-and-wife ethnographic team. The collection focuses on West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, particuarly myths and oral histories.
David and Dorothy Counts both attended Southern Illinois University; David studied anthropology, and Dorothy studied political science and anthropology. From 1966 through 1967 the Counts conducted their doctoral research in the Kondoka village in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. They received their doctorate degrees in 1968, and moved to Ontario, Canada. David taught as a faculty member at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and Dorothy taught at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Anthropology.
9 Linear feet (13 archives boxes, 1 record carton, 2 card file boxes, and one flat box)
Original media formats are restricted; viewing/listening copies may be available for researchers.