National Anthropological Archives

John Joseph Honigmann Papers,
1944-1967

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.1993-15
Creators:
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978
Roberts, Frank H. H. (Frank Harold Hanna), 1897-1966
Spier, Leslie, 1893-1961
Spier, Robert Forest Gayton
Simpkins, Norman
Sinder, Leon
Slobodin, Richard
Spicer, Edward Holland
Tax, Sol, 1907-1995
Helm, June, 1924-
Ottenberg, Simon
Osgood, Harold Cornelius
Pollitzer, William S., 1923-
Peck, John Gregory
Niehall, Arthur
Nelleman, George
Opler, Morris Edward
Oakes, Marrilee
Rouse, Irving, 1913-2006
Rogers, Edward S.
Siddiqi, A. H. A.
Salz, Beate R.
Riesman, David
Reina, Ruben E.
Rioux, Marcel
Fenton, William N. (William Nelson), 1908-2005
Aberle, David F. (David Friend), 1918-2004
Alizai, Saeed K.
Chance, Norman A.
Casagrande, Joseph B. (Joseph Bartholomew), 1915-1982
Count, Earl W.
Cohen, Yehudi A.
Davis, William
Damas, David
Blackwell, Gordon
Boek, Walter
Berndt, Ronald
Bittle, William Elmer
Barnouw, Victor
Basehart, Harry
Anderson, Nels
Balikci, Asen, 1929-
Fejos, Paul, 1897-1963
Fejos, Lita Binns
Evans, Arthur
Ervin, Sam J. Jr
Erickson, Vincent O.
Carneiro, Robert
Braidwood, Robert J. (Robert John), 1907-2003
Bohannan, Paul James
Gibson, Mickey
Geertz, Clifford
Freilich, Morris
Ford, Clellan
Foote, Don Charles
Flannery, Regina
Fischer, F. L.
McFeat, Tom F. S.
Mayo, Selz C.
Matthiasson, John S.
Maslow, Abraham H.
Naroll, Raoul
Murdock, George Peter, 1897-1985
Meggers, Betty Jane
Langness, L. L.
Laing, Gordon B.
Kupferer, Harriet J.
Kimball, Solon T.
Marshall, Donald Stanley
Lurie, Nancy Oestreich
Lewis, Oscar
Lantis, Margaret, 1906-2006
Honigmann, John Joseph, 1914-1977
Hopkins, Tom R.
Herzmaier, Maria
Hindley, George K.
Kaplan, Berton H.
Kenny, Michael
Hsu, Francis Lang-Kwang
Jocher, Katherine
Duncan, Richard
Eggan, Fred, 1906-1991
Desy, Pierrette
Du Bois, Cora Alice, 1903-1991
Heath, Dwight Braley
Eiseley, Loren C., 1907-1977
Emmons, Gary L.
Gillin, John, 1907-1973
Gladwin, Thomas Favill
Goldschmidt, Walter, 1913-2010
Goodenough, Ward Hunt
Graves, Theodore Dumaine
Gulick, John
Gussow, Zachary
Hamori-Torok, Charles
Hansen, Asael Tanner
Harper, Edward B.
Hayakawa, S. I.
Spindler, George D.
Teicher, Morton I.
Thompson, Laura, 1905-2000
Titiev, Mischa
Trudeau, John
Toit, Brian du
Valentine, Victor F.
Tuden, Arthur
Vincent, Clark
Vallee, Frank G.
Vogt, Evon Zartman
Voget, Fred W.
Walker, Willard
Von Furer-Haimendorf, C.
Weltfish, Gene, 1902-1980
Wallace, Anthony F. C., 1923-
Wolf, Eric R.
Dates:
1944-1967
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
83 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of John Joseph Honigmann (1914-1977) consist largely of research material of a specialist in personality, socialization, and social problems of Subarctic and Arctic people. Trained at Yale University (M.A., 1943; Ph.D., 1947), Honigmann spent most of his professional career at the University of North Carolina (1951-77) and was chairman of its Department of Anthropology from 1970-1975. Some material reflects his classroom teaching and administrative work. There are also general reference materials and materials relating to the history of anthropology.
Correspondents include David F. Aberle, Saeed K. Alizai, Nels Anderson, Asen Balikci, Victor Barnouw, Harry Basehart, Ronald Berndt, William E. Bittle, Gordon Blackwell, Walter Boek, Paul J. Bohannan, Robert J. Braidwood, Robert Carneiro, Joseph B. Casagrande, Norman A. Chance, Yehudi A. Cohen, Earl W. Count, David Damas, William Davis, Pierrette Desy, Cora du Bois, Richard Duncan, Fred R. Eggan, Loren C. Eiseley, Gary L. Emmons, Vincent Erickson, Sam J. Ervin, Arthur Evans, Lita B. Fejos, Paul Fejos, William N. Fenton, F.L. Fischer, Regina Flannery, Don Charles Foote, Clellan Ford, Morris Freilich, Clifford Geertz, Mickey Gibson, John P. Gillin, Thomas F. Gladwin, Walter R. Goldschmidt, Ward H. Goodenough, Theodore D. Graves, John Gulick, Zachary Gussow, Charles Hamori-Torok, Asael T. Hansen, Edward B. Harper, S.I. Hayakawa, Dwight B. Heath, June Helm, Maria Herzmaier, George K. Hindley, Tom R. Hopkins, Francis L.K. Hsu, Katherine Jocher, Berton H. Kaplan, Michael Kenny, Solon T. Kimball, Harriet J. Kupferer, Gordon B. Laing, L.L. Langness, Margaret L. Lantis, Oscar Lewis, Nancy O. Lurie, Donald S. Marshall, Abraham H. Maslow, John S. Matthiasson, Selz C. Mayo, Tom F.S. McFeat, Margaret Mead, Betty J. Meggers, George P. Murdock, Raoul Naroll, George Nelleman, Arthur Niehall, Marrilee Oakes, Morris E. Opler, Harold Orlans, Cornelius Osgood, Simon Ottenberg, John G. Peck, William Pollitzer, Ruben E. Reina, David Reisman, Marcel Rioux, Frank H.H. Roberts, Jr., Edward S. Rogers, Irving Rouse, Beate R. Salz, A.H.A. Siddiqi, Norman Simpkins, Leon Sinder, Richard Slobodin, Edward H. Spicer, Leslie Spier, Robert F.G. Spier, George D. Spindler, Sol Tax, Morton I. Teicher, Laura Thompson, Mischa Titiev, Brian du Toit, John Trudeau, Arthur Tuden, Victor F. Valentine, Frank G. Vallee, Clark Vincent, Fred W. Voget, Evon Z. Vogt, C. Von Furer-Haimendorf, Willard Walker, Anthony F.C. Wallace, Gene Weltfish, and Eric R.Wolf.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The Honigmann papers are not fully processed and are only broadly desccribed in this finding aid. The collection is arranged into (1) Churchill, five northern towns, and Schefferville, undated; (2) the Cree of Attawapisdat, Ontario, 1947-1956; (3) Frobisher Bay, 1963; (4) Great Whale River; (5) Inuvik, 1967; (6) Material concerning the Kaska of Lower Post, British Columbia, and Southern Yukon Territory, 1944-1945; (7) General anthropological subjects and teaching;(8) General and miscellaneous material on peoples of the world; (9) West Pakistan; (10) Canadian Wildlife Service Arctic Ecology Map; (11) Understanding Culture; (12) Miscellany; (13) Correspondence, ca. 1950s-1970s

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Honigmann was regularly in the field. In 1943, this began with an ethnographic study of the Fort Nelson Slave in Canada. In 1944-1945, he was with the Kaska in British Columbia. In 1947-1948, he worked at Attawapiskat on James Bay and, in 1949-1950, at Great Whale River on Hudson Bay. He investigated town life in Pakistan in 1952 and 1957-1958. During the summers of 1960-1962, 1964-1966, 1972, and 1975, his studies carried him to a village in Austria. In 1963, he worked at Frobisher Bay and in 1967 at Inuvik.
1914
Born June 7, New York City, New York
1937
Married Irma Grabel
1942
Student at Columbia University
Received BA from Brooklyn College
1943
Received MA from Yale University
Field trip with the Fort Nelson Slave in Fort Nelson (3-6 months)
1944-1945
Field trip with the Kaska in British Columbia, Canada (3-6 months)
1946-1947
Assistant professor of Sociology and anthropology at State College, Washington
1947
Received PhD in anthropology from Yale University
1947-1948
Field trip at Attawapiskat, James Bay, Ontario, Canada
Research anthropologist for the National Committee for Community Health Studies in Toronto, Canada
1948-1951
Assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at New York University
1949
Published Anthropology, Culture and Ethos of the Kaska Society
1949-1950
Field trip at Great Whale River, Hudson's Bay, Ontario, Canada
1951-1955
Associate professor of anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1952
Field trip at Pakistan
1955
Field trip at Attawapiskat, James Bay, Ontario, Canada
1955-1957
Professor of anthropology, UNC, Chapel Hill
1957-1958
Field trip at Pakistan
1959
Published The World of Man
1960
Field trip at Austria
1962
Published Foodways in a Muskeg Community
Field trip at Austria
1963
Published Understanding Culture
Field trip at Frobishers Bay, Baffin Island, Canada
1964
Field trip at Austria
1965
With wife Irma, co-authored Eskimo Townsmen
1966
Field trip in Austria
1967
Published Personality in Culture
Field trip at Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
1967-1970
Postdoctoral fellowship and grants: NSF grant
1970
Co-authored Arctic Townsmen
Chairman of the department of anthropology, UNC, Chapel Hill
1972
Field trip at Austria
1975
Field trip at Austria
1977
Died at Chapel Hill, NC, August 4

Administration
Author
Katherine E. Blossom and Susan Peterson Mundy
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Most of Honigmann's papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Irma Honigman, his wife, between October 1977 and January 1979. Honigmann's daughter, Karen Honigmann Schaefer, donated her father's field journals in July 1993.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Honigmann used pseudonyms when referring to his informants in publications. Irma Honigmann has requested that researchers refrain from publishing their names.
Conditions Governing Access note
Some materials concerning the operations of the University of North Carolina Department of Anthropology are restricted.
Preferred Citation note
John Joseph Honigmann Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Partial register Control is to series level.

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Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Great Whale River (Québec) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Socialization -- Eskimos Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Attawapisdat, Ontario Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schefferville, Quebec Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Personality -- Eskimos Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Arctic Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Psychological tests Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Indian -- Sub-Arctic Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Subarctic Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anthropology -- History Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cree Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Social problems -- Eskimos Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slave Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Churchill, Manitoba Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Canada Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pakistan Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kaska Dena Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eskimo/Inuit Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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