Finding aid to the Ronald A. Brooks Papers MS.231

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 September 10


Title: Ronald A. Brooks Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.231
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet (6 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1939-1986
Abstract: Ronald Allen Brooks (1937-circa 1986) was an anthropologist and exhibit designer, including a year of employment in the exhibits department of the Southwest Museum in 1985. This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and photocopied articles Brooks wrote or collected from 1932-1986, covering anthropological and linguistic topics, such as orangutans, Niska Indians of the Nass River, Northwest Coast art and archaeology, Northwest Coast fishery history and eulachon or candlefish. This collection includes copies and drafts of the paper “Box of Daylight: Myths of Invention” which Brooks presented at the Third Annual Meeting of the Canadian Ethnology Society in Victoria, British Columbia in February of 1976.
creator: Brooks, Ronald Allen, (1937-circa 1986)

Processing history

Processing and finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 September 10, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and photocopied articles from Ronald A. Brooks’ anthropological and linguistic studies from 1962-1986. Research materials include collected articles and class notes covering many topics in archaeology and linguistics, such as orangutans, Niska Indians of the Nass River, Northwest Coast art and archaeology, Northwest Coast fishery history and eulachon or candlefish.
This collection includes papers regarding Brooks’ participation in the Third Annual Meeting of Canadian Ethnology Society in Victoria, British Columbia in February 1976, copies and drafts of the paper Brooks presented there, “Box of Daylight: Myths of Invention,” and correspondence and edits of this manuscript. This collection also includes all of Brooks’ university correspondence and paperwork from his attendance at various institutions, including applications and transcripts, as well as notes and exams from lectures and classes. This collection also includes a 1985 resume for exhibition work, listing Dr. Patrick Houlihan as a reference.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred citation

Ronald A. Brooks Papers, 1932-1986, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.231; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Acquisition

Donation in the memory of Ronald A. Brooks from Mrs. and Dr. Milo B. Brooks, 1986 April 17.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Canadian Ethnology Society.
Holm, Bill, 1925-
Archaeology
Box of Daylight: Myths of Invention
Clippings
Correspondence
Designers
Drawings
Fisheries
Linguistics
Makah Stories
Manuscripts
Maps
Niska Indians
Northwest Coast Indians -- Art
Orangutans
Photographs
Tsimshian Clan and Society