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Philleo Nash papers, 1931-1986

Nash, Philleo 1909-1987
Eggan, Fred Russell
Opler, Morris Edward
Redfield, Robert
Hill, W.W
Gower, Charlotte
DuBois, Cora Klamath notes (copies)
Kennedy, John F (John Fitzgerald) 1917-1963
Humphrey, Hubert
American Anthropological Association
East Bay Area United Indian Council
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Physical Description
12 linear feet (24 boxes)
Jews Toronto, Ontario
American Indians Religion
Crow Indians
Dakota Indians
Navajo Indians
Zuni Indians
Chippewa Red Lake
Yuma Indians
Modoc Indians
Apache Indians
Shawnee Indians
Arikara Indians
Pima Indians
Maricopa Indians
Walla Walla Indians
Colville Indians
Havasupai Indians
Klamath Indians
Puyallup Indians
Iroquois Oneida
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Hualapai Indians
Arctic peoples
Indians of North America Subarctic
Indians of North America Northeast
Oneida Indians
Indians of North America Northwest Coast of North America
Indians of North America Great Plains
Indians of North America Plateau
Spokane Indians
Ojibwa Indians
According to the terms of his will, his government and political papers are housed at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri.
Philleo Nash (1909-1987) was educated at the University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1932) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1937). His doctoral dissertation explored the concepts of revivalism and social change with a focus on the Klamath Ghost Dance activities of the 1870s. He taught at the University of Toronto, 1937-1941 and American University, 1971-1976. Between 1942 and 1966, he served with the federal government in varying capacities, including special advisor on minority affairs to President Harry Truman and Commission of Indian Affairs under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He was also Lieutenant Governor of the state of Wisconsin between 1959 and 1961. In 1961, he returned to Washington, DC as U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, a position he held until 1966.During the 1960s and 1970s, he was a private consultant in applied anthropology. At the end of his life, Nash managed a family cranberry business in his native Wisconsin.
Electronic finding aid available via the website of the National Anthropological Archives.
Addl. KW Subjects
Pima (Akimel O'odham)
Pima (Akimel O'odham)
Arranged in 6 series: (I) Education (1931-1937), (II) Klamath-Modoc Culture (1930s), (III) Teaching (1937-1942, 1971-1977), (IV) Miscellaneous (1936-1986), (V) Non-Academic Positions (1939-1970), (VI) Photos (1931-1967)
The Philleo Nash papers attest to Nash's interest in anthropology, not only research and teaching but also in its application to public service. His papers can be separated into four main areas: undergraduate and graduate education, research, teaching, and public service. Files contain class notes from Nash's undergraduate and graduate studies as well as papers by well-known professors lecturing at the University of Chicago including Ralph Linton, Robert Redfield, and R.A. Radcliffe-Brown. The bulk of his research was conducted in the Pacific Northwest where he studied the Klamath-Modoc culture on the reservation, focusing on revivalism and socio-political organization (1935-1937). Other research included archeology at two sites, a study of the Toronto Jewish community, and a continuing interest in minority issues. Nash taugh at the University of Toronto (1937- 1941) and at American University in Washington, D.C. (1971-1977). Teaching files contain lecture notes from his work at the University of Toronto. Public service files include correspondence from the period when he was Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin (1959-1961) as well as reports and photos from the years as Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1961-1966). Other public service and business positions are not represented in these files.
Cite as
Philleo Nash Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Data Source
National Anthropological Archives
Oakland, California
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