Personal Papers of James A. Clifton
James A. Clifton was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas from 1962-1970. This collection contains Clifton's ethnographic research materials on socio-economic conditions in Chilean communities; African-Americans in St. Louis and Lawrence, Kansas; and the Potawatomi language.
- 1933 - 1974
- Clifton, James A. (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials primarily in English and Spanish, with some materials in Algonquian.
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of James A. Clifton
James A. Clifton is an anthropologist and ethnohistorian with a focus on psychology and culture change. He became interested in anthropology during World War II while visiting several Pacific Islands.
Clifton received his bachelors from the University of Chicago in 1950 and undertook military field work in Korea and Japan. After the Korean War, he received his M.A. from San Francisco State in 1959 and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1960. While Clifton was trained as a Pacific specialist, much of his research concentrated on Native Americans. He was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas from 1962-1970. He later became emeritus Frankenthal Professor of Anthropology and History at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Clifton currently serves as scholar-in-residence at Western Michigan University and adjunct professor at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He also serves as an expert forensic ethnohistorian in treaty rights cases.
4 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 4 card file boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 8 oversize folders)
Scope and Contents
This collection contains survey questionnaires collected by James A. Clifton and his research associates on socio-economic conditions in Osorno province, Chile. It also contains instrumental activities surveys of African-Americans in St. Louis, Mo. and Lawrence, Kan. Also in Clifton's papers are documentation, microfilm, and articles on Potawatomi language and papers, maps, and family trees on Potawatomi in Kansas and Illinois.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, James A. Clifton, 1981.
Formerly housed at PP 255.
- Guide to the James A. Clifton Collection
- Personal Papers of James A. Clifton
- Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005; revised by brch, 2013; eml, 2014. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005; revised by brch, 2013; eml, 2014.
- 2005, 2013, 2014
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
James A. Clifton Collection, PP 528, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.