National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the William Lipkind papers, 1936-1939

Collection ID:
Lipkind, William, 1904-1974
Physical Description:
3 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Lipkind's papers are limited to the fruit of his anthropological field work. They are, however, incomplete, for part remains in private hands. A few pieces of correspondence relating to his article for the Handbook of South American Indians are with Julian Haynes Steward. The Winnebago materal includes a vocabulary that may be by the nineteenth-century missionary William T. Findley.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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
William Lipkind became a student of anthropology at Columbia University under Franz Boas and Ruth Fulton Benedict following pursuit of courses in law, history, and English literature. His introduction to field work was during the summer of 1936, which he spent at Winnebago, Nebraska, investigating the Winnebago language and reviewing Paul Radin's work on the Winnebago. This field work provided data for his doctoral dissertation, which was published under the title Winnebago Grammar in 1945. Lipkind 's next field work was in Brazil, where he spent a year and a half, from 1937 to 1939, with the Caraja, studying their language and culture. During the same time, he also investigated the languages and cultures of neighboring peoples, including the Cayapo. The publications from this work were his article for the Handbook of South American Indians, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 143, volume 3, 1948, and an article on Caraja cosmology that was published in the Journal of American Folklore in 1940. Following a couple of years' teaching at Ohio State University, Lipkind became a civilian employee of the federal government and worked in Europe. After returning to the United States in 1947, his activity in anthropology was largely teaching. His publications were mostly in children's literature.

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Preferred Citation
William Lipkind papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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Related Materials
The Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University Bloomington holds the original cylinders of Brazil, Mato Grosso, Caraja and Cayapo Indians, 1938.
The Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota holds the William Lipkind (Will) papers, which relate to Lipkind's work as a children's author.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Numakiki (Mandan) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Karajá (Caraja) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mebêngôkre (Kayapó/Cayapo) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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