Material documenting Spier's work as an anthropologist, primarily relating to American Indians. Includes correspondence on
his research on Indian cradles; comparative notes on ethnography; field notebooks, mainly on the Plains and Klamath Indians;
and material relating to Salish Indian weaving. Also includes research conducted for his book
Growth of Japanese Children Born in America and Japan and course materials for a class he taught on California Basin Plateau Indians.
Leslie Spier, anthropologist, was born on December 13, 1893, in New York City where he grew up, graduating with an engineering
degree from the College of the City of New York in 1915. After meeting Franz Boas, however, he went on to obtain a doctorate
in anthropology from Columbia University in 1920. While still a graduate student he was named Assistant Anthropologist at
the American Museum of Natural History, a position he retained until 1920, when he came to Berkeley as lecturer and acting
curator in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of California.
3.3 linear feet
6 boxes, 1 carton
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