National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the Shepard Forman papers

Collection ID:
Forman, Shepard, 1938-
Multiple languages
Physical Description:
2.5 Linear feet
3 boxes

Content Description
Content Description
The collection contains materials primarily documenting Forman's research on fishermen in Alagoas, Brazil in 1965. Included are fieldnotes and various datasets such as household surveys and censuses, maps, interviews with fishermen and villagers, and folk music, as well as a draft of Forman's dissertation based on this research. Additionally the collection contains a small amount of papers related to research in Arembepe, Bahia, Brazil in 1963, as well as fieldnotes, manuscripts, and other material relating to his 1967 research on peasant markets with Joyce Riegelhaupt. Also included are several files pertaining to writings and publications.

The collection is arranged into the following series:
  • 1. Arembepe field notes, 1963
  • 2. Raft fishermen research, 1965-1966
  • 3. Research on rural peasant markets, 1967-1978, undated
  • 4. Writings and notes, 1967-1995, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Shepard Forman (1938-) is a cultural anthropologist whose varied career has involved research in Brazil and East Timor, work for the Ford Foundation's Human Rights and Governance and International Affairs programs, and founding and directing the Center on International Cooperation. He received his PhD from Columbia Univerity in 1966, after completing doctoral research on "Jangadeiros," the raft fishermen of Pontal de Coruripe in Alagoas, northeastern Brazil. In 1967, Forman returned to Brazil to study rural peasant markets with Joyce Riegelhaupt.
Forman served on the faculty of Indiana University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan before joining the Ford Foundation as a Grants Program Officer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 1977. He subsequently became Director of the Human Rights and Governance programs and then International Affairs programs, and in 1996 he founded the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

Gina Rappaport
Processing Information
The collection arrived at the archives loosely grouped by format and subject. For the most part, the archivist maintained the groupings as well as Forman's folder titles.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
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Conditions Governing Access
The Shepard Forman papers are open for research.
Access to the papers requires an appointment.
Preferred Citation
Shepard Forman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

More Information
Selected Bibliography
Selected Bibliography
1967. "Cognition and the Catch: The Location of Fishing Spots in a Brazilian Coastal Village," in Ethnology 6 no. 4, pp 417-426.
1970. The Raft Fishermen: Tradition and Change in the Brazilian Peasant Economy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
1979. The Brazilian Peasantry. New York: Columbia University Press.
1994. Diagnosing America: Anthropology and Public Engagement (Ed.). Ann Arbor: Univesrity of Michigan Press.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
manuscripts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps (documents) Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alagoas (Brazil) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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