- Collection ID:
circa 1930 - circa 1950
Materials are in English, Hungarian, and German.
- Physical Description:
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of notebooks concerning the Duau, Dobu, and Yuma and some materials on the Australian Aborigines. In addition, there are manuscripts of Róheim's writing and reprints of articles. The existence of Navajo notes has not been determined.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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.
Géza Róheim was born in Hungary and trained in human geography at the universities of Leipzig and Berlin. He went through psychanalysis under Sandor Ferenczi and became a lay practioner. He was also among the earliest anthropologists to work within Freudian theory, his earliest works being largely an application of that theory to data gathered from readings. In 1928, Marie Bonapart offered to support Róheim in an expedition which carried him to Somaliland, Australia, Normanby Island, and the United States. Thus between 1928 and 1930, he carried out field work with the Somali, Aranda and Lirittja, Juau, Dobu, and Yuma. In 1938, Roheim took up residence in the United States. In 1938-1939, he was on the staff of Worchester State Hospital in Massachusetts, and following that he was in private psychoanalytic practice in New York. In 1947, he worked among the Navajo.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research in 1992.
The collection is unprocessed. Contact the repository for more information.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Access to the Géza Róheim papers requires an appointment.
Géza Róheim papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
The Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, San Diego holds the Géza Róheim Papers (MSS 46).
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