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Edwin Cook Papers
MSS 0187  
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Description
Papers of Edwin Aubrey Cook (1932-1984), American anthropologist, professor, and specialist in Manga culture in Papua New Guinea. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1959 and attended Yale University for his graduate education. Cook devoted his career to anthropological work, focusing on kinship and social structure of the Manga tribe in Papua New Guinea. He taught at the University of Hawaii; University of California, Davis; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and Florida State University. He served as the book review and articles editor in Social/Cultural Anthropology for AMERICAN ANTHROPLOGIST. Although the papers span 1944-1984, the bulk of the collection was created between 1964-1973. The bulk of the collection is comprised of manuscripts, reprints and audiorecordings relating largely to Cook's anthropological studies of native New Guinea society.
Background
Edwin Aubrey Cook, American anthropologist, was born in 1932. He attended the University of Arizona, where his interest in anthropology was stimulated by the guidance of Professor Edward H. Spicer. After graduating with high distinction and honors in 1959, Cook went on to graduate study at Yale University and was further influenced by Professors Floyd G. Lounsbury, Harold W. Scheffler, and Leopold J. Pospisil. While working with Pospisil, Cook developed an interest in New Guinea. Cook conducted field work in the Jimi River District of the Western Highlands District (now Province) of Papua New Guinea from 1961 through 1963, with support from the National Institutes of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Cook's dissertation, MANGA SOCIAL ORGANIZATION, was presented in 1967.
Extent
20.20 linear feet (32 archives boxes, 15 card file boxes, 10 oversize folders.)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Collection is open for research.