National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the Ladislav Novak papers, 1960-1979

Collection ID:
Novak, Ladislav Peter
Physical Description:
38 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents Novak's research on body composition and growth in children conducted at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic in the 1960s and 1970s. The collection also includes his physical fitness studies of corporate executives, Olympic athletes and police officers. Materials include research, charts, graphs and tables.
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 As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today.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
Ladislav Novak, a biological anthropologist, specializes in body composition, nutrition and the physiology of exercise. Born in Chlum, Czechoslovakia, Novak earned his BSC from Charles University in Prague and his MA (1961) and PhD (1962) from the University of Minnesota. From 1962 to 1966, he was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. He served as a consultant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Mayo Clinic (1966-1972) before joining the anthropology faculty at Southern Methodist University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Ladislav Novak in 2003.

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Preferred Citation
Ladislav Novak papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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