National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the Donald Jayne Lehmer papers, 1927-1977.

Collection ID:
Lehmer, Donald Jayne, 1918-1975
Physical Description:
1.66 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
These papers reflect the professional life of Donald Jayne Lehmer (1918-1975), archaeologist and professor of anthropology. Included are correspondence, diaries, fieldnotes, project reports, applications, articles, contracts, reference materials, mimeographed hand-outs, maps, diagrams, photographs and one sound recording. The bulk of the material relates to Lehmer's early archaeological career and to his later research work while a professor at Dana College, Lincoln, Nebraska. There are very few documents in this collection which relate to the period between 1956 and 1964. The only expedition in which Lehmer participated and for which there are field notes in this collection is the 1940-1941 expedition to Mesilla Valley, New Mexico, sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico and the Arizona State Museum. References to Lehmer's other fieldwork are made in some of the correspondence in series 2, 3, and 5. The correspondence also contains numerous references to Lehmer's personal life.
Persons for whom there are considerable correspondence or who are represented by the written material include: Ernst V. Antevs; Bryant Bannister; Robert E. Bell; William E. Bittle; Elaine Bluhm; Wesley Bradfield; John Ortis Brew; Thomas N. Campbell; John L. Champe; Earle A. Clark; Joan Clark; Donald Collier; Paul L. Cooper; John M. Corbett; Harriet S. Cosgrove; Herbert W. Dick; Henry F. Dobyns; Bertha P. Dutton; Fred R. Eggan; Gordon F. Ekholm; Florence Hawley Ellis; John C. Ewers; Paul H. Ezell; Fred C. Fagergren; Malcolm F. Farmer; Geroge E. Fay; Franklin Fenega; Harold S. Gladwin; John M. Goggin; James B. Griffin; Donald D. Hartle; George B. Hartzog, Jr.; Emil W. Haury; John J. Hoffman; Earnest A. Hooton; Roman L. Hruska; Wesley R. Hurt; Jesse D. Jennings; Elden Johnson; Frederick Johnson; Richard B. Johnston; J. Charles Kelley; Alfred V. Kidder II; Marvin F. Kivett; Clyde Klukhohn; Bert Kraus; Alex D. Krieger; Toimi E. Kyllonen; Wilfred D. Logan; Boas Long; Charles C. Madsen; Oscar L. Mallory; Paul S. Martin; John Y. McCollister; William Mulloy; Welson Murdock; Douglas Osborne; Erik K. Reed; John B. Rinaldo; Frank H. H. Roberts, Jr.; Hugo G. Rodeck; Edward B. Sayles; Anna O. Shepard; Allan H. Smith; Carlyle S. Smith; G. Hubert Smith; Albert C. Spaulding; James E. Sperry; Leslie Spier; Robert L. Stephenson; Frank H. Stewart; Stanley A. Stubbs; Floyd V. Studer; William C. Sturtevant; Paul Tolstoy; James B. Watson; Waldo R. Wedel; Denver Fred Wendorf, Jr.; H. D. Weston; Richard P. Wheeler; Theodore E. White; Arnold M. Withers; W. Raymond Wood; Richard Woodbury; A. M. Woolsey; H. Marie Wormington.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
October 9, 1918
Born in Omaha, Nebraska
Undergraduate, University of New Mexico
Excavation supervisor, La Junta de los Rios Expedition at Presidio, Texas (sponsored by Sul Rose College, Museum of New Mexico, and Works Project Administration)
B.A., University of Arizona
Research Archaeologist, Museum of New Mexico
1940 & 1941 (summers)
Director, Mesilla Valley Expedition, Las Cruces, New Mexico (sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico and the Arizona State Museum)
Assistant Curator for Branch Museums, Museum of New Mexico
Private U.S. Army
Graduate School, University of Chicago while also working for the Oriental Institute
M.A., University of Chicago
Dig foreman, University of Arizona Point of Pines Field School, San Carlos, Arizona
The Jornada Branch of the Mogollon
Director, Mexican (Sonora) Archaeological Expedition (Sponsored by the Chicago Natural History Museum, the University of Chicago, and the University of Arizona)
Graduate School, Harvard University
Archaeologist, Bureau of American Ethnology River Basin Surveys, Lincoln, Nebraska
Dodd Site, Oahe Reservoir, South Dakota
Tenkiller Reservoir, Oklahoma
Research Archaeologist, Laboratory of Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Field Director, University Archaeological Field School, Harlem Co., Nebraska
Ph.D., Harvard University
Archaeologist, El Paso Natural Gas Company Pipeline Project
Visiting Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle
Married Evelyn Garton
Archeological Investigations in the Oahe Dam Area, South Dakota, 1950-51
City Planner, Omaha, Nebraska
Lecturer in Anthropology and History, Strategic Air Command Headquarters and the University of Omaha, Nebraska
Professor and Chairman, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Dana College, Blair Nebraska
1964 (summer)
Research Archaeologist, State Historical Society of North Dakota
Visiting Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Introduction to Middle Missouri Archeology
June 5, 1975
Died, Blair, Nebraska (?)

Nigel Elmore
Processing Information
Processed by Nigel Elmore, January 1980.
Encoded by Zac Greenfield, February 2018.

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