National Anthropological Archives

Preliminary guide to the Joyce Riegelhaupt papers

Collection ID:
Riegelhaupt, Joyce F., 1936-1986
circa 1848-1986
bulk 1960-1986
Multiple languages
Physical Description:
4.5 Linear feet
4 boxes, roll of maps, 1 roll of posters

Content Description
Content Description
Field notes, maps, and photographs relating to work in Portugal, manuscripts, correspondence with Sydel Silverman Wolf and other anthropologists, faculty and teaching material, and a set of early 19th century engravings of peasant life in Portugal.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Joyce Firstenberg Riegelhaupt (1936-1986; PhD Columbia, 1964) was the first American anthropologist to conduct comprehensive research on a peasant community in Portugal, emphasizing the role of national economic, political, and religious institutions in local life. She completed her doctoral research and dissertation In the Shadow of the City: Integration of a Portuguese Village under Conrad Arensberg. Riegelhaupt continued work in Portugal throughout her career, and in 1967 also began fieldwork in Brazil, where she collaborated with Shepard Forman on a study comparing the development of a "classical" European-style peasantry, and the market-oriented agrarian system stemming from slavery-based Brazilian society.
Riegelhaupt taught at Sarah Lawrence College from 1966 until her death, and was an active member of the anthropological community.

Gina Rappaport
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Patricia Morrill in 2017.

Using the Collection
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Related Materials
Joyce Riegelhaupt was a close friend and colleague of Sydel Silverman Wolf, with whom she maintained a robust correspondence. The National Anthropological Archives (NAA) holds Wolf's papers, which contain Riegelhaupt's letters, and Riegelhaupt's papers hold Wolf's. Additionally, in 2015 the NAA received the papers of Shepard Foreman, which include research material from his work with Riegelhaupt in Brazil.

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