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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, 1980-1988

Series II: Drafts, Publication Offprints, and Lecture Notes

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to Edward Norbeck Academic papers, 1945-1985



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Norbeck, Edward, 1915-
Title: Edward Norbeck Academic papers
Dates: 1945-1985
Abstract: The papers of anthropologist Dr. Edward Norbeck, an expert in the cultures of the Pacific Ocean area, consist of correspondence, lecture notes, article drafts dating from his years at Rice University and at the University of California at Berkeley.
Identification: MS 441
Extent: 1.75 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.

Biographical Note

Edward Norbeck was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1915. He received his B.A. (1948), M.A. (1949) and Ph.D. (1952) in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Norbeck was an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Utah. He became a member of the Rice University faculty in 1960 and was Chairman of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology from 1960-1971. He was a professor of Anthropology from 1962-80. Dr. Norbeck was Director of the Graduate Program in Behavioral Sciences and he served as Dean of Humanities from 1965-67. He retired in 1981 and afterward taught for five additional years at other universities as visiting professor.

He was also active in many professional societies in various capacities such as being president of the American Ethnological Society and Program Director of the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. He also acted as chair for a symposium held at Rice University in 1966 entitled The Study of Personality: An Interdisciplinary Appraisal.

Dr. Norbeck was an expert in the cultures of the Pacific Ocean area and did extensive field work in Japan and Hawaii. In 1958-59, he studied postwar economic and social changes in urban Japan, Tokyo, and in rural northeastern Japan. In 1964 he received a National Science Foundation grant to go to Japan to study the new social institutions which had grown up there since World War II, with particular emphasis on that nation's 168 new religions. In 1972 he was named a Piper Professor, an award given by the Piper Foundation of San Antonio which honors university professors for demonstrated ability in the classroom. He was the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Dr. Norbeck published many books and articles and was an editor of the Rice University Studies (1963-1967). He also edited many other papers and theses.

Dr. Norbeck, then Professor Emeritus at Rice University, passed away in August 1991.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of anthropologist Dr. Edward Norbeck consist of correspondence, lecture notes, article drafts. The papers range in date from 1945-1985, and occupy 1.75 cubic feet.

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Arrangement

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1980-1988
  • Series II: Drafts, Publications, and Lecture Notes

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Edward Norbeck Academic Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Norbeck, Edward, 1915- - Correspondence.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - Faculty.
Rice University - Department of Anthropology.
Subjects
Anthropology.
Play.
Civilization - Philosophy.
Anthropology - Japan.
National characteristics, Japanese.
Places
Pacific area - Civilization.
Japan - Civilization.
Japan - Social conditions - 1945-
Japan - Social life and customs - 1945-
Formats
Correspondence.
Drafts (documents).
Notes.
Syllabi.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Norbeck Academic Papers, 1945-1985, MS 441, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

These papers were received by Woodson Research Center in November 1993.

Processing Information

Sorted by Lee Pecht 1993

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 1-7 Series I: Correspondence, 1980-1988
This series consists of correspondence between Norbeck and persons from various universities regarding setting up a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) conference on the general topic of health, medicine and health policy in Japan. Other correspondence pertains to the publication of papers/articles; some of which he wrote, others for which he acted as editor. Drafts of some of the papers are included. Other correspondence pertains to Humans at Play . The letters are in good condition.
1 Correspondence, 1980-81
2 Correspondence, 1982
3 Correspondence, 1983
4 Correspondence, 1984
5 Correspondence, 1985
6 Correspondence and review, 1986-1988
7 Humans at Play correspondence, 1983-1985

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1-2 Series II: Drafts, Publication Offprints, and Lecture Notes
This series includes a 1979 draft of Work and Play . There is also a folder with course notes and syllabi mostly dealing with human play.
Included in the collection are offprints of articles published in various journals. The topics range from anthropology and religion to issues about Japan.
There are published lecture notes from Anthropology courses he taught at the University of California at Berkeley.
Loose items include his Doctoral Dissertation, a guest register from a reception for him in 1980; a card file of sources and a 16mm film Japan.
Box Folder
1 8 Work and Play… draft, 1979
9 Course notes and syllabi
10 Program - The Study of Personality Symposium, 1966
Box Folder
2 1 Offprints, 1945-1950's
1 The Contrary Behavior Pattern in American Indian Ceremonialism by Verne F. Ray, reprinted from Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, Spring 1945
1 Folklore of the Atayal of Formosa and the Mountain Tribes of Luzon by Edward Norbeck, Anthropological Papers No. 5, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1950
1 Westernization as Evident on the Buraku Level by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Japanese Journal of Ethnology, 1951
1 Folk Music of Japan, introduction and notes by Edward Norbeck, Ethnic Folkways Library, 1952
1 Pollution and Taboo in Contemporary Japan by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, Autumn 1952
1 Age-Grading in Japan by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from American Anthropologist, August 1953
1 American Indians in the Pacific by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from American Antiquity, July 1953
1 Yakudoshi, A Japanese Complex of Supernatural Beliefs by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, Summer 1953
1 Trans-Pacific Similarities in Folklore: A Research Lead by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from the Kroeber Anthropoogical Society Papers, 1955
1 Informal Fictive Kinship in Japan by Edward Norbeck and Harumi Befu, reprinted from American Anthropologist, February 1958
1 Japanese Usages of Terms of Relationship by Harumi Befu and Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, Spring 1958
2 Offprints, 1960's
2 Japan, chapter 2, by Edward Norbeck and George DeVos, Psychological Anthropology, 1961
2 Postwar Cultural Change and Continuity in Northeastern Japan, by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from American Anthropologist, April 1961
2 Common-Interest Associations in Rural Japan by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Japanese Culture, 1962
2 The Interpretation of Data: Puberty Rites by Edward Norbeck, Donald E. Walker and Mimi Cohen, reprinted from American Anthropologist, June 1962
2 Lewis Henry Morgan and Japanese Terms of Relationship: Profit through Error by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, Summer 1963
2 African Rituals of Conflict by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from American Anthropologist, December 1963
2 Cultural Anthropology, Views of Man and Culture by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Thought, Summer 1964
2 Chapter VI, "Associations and Democracy" in Japan by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Aspects of Social Change in Modern Japan, 1967
2 The American Occupation of Japan: Social Retrospect by Edward Norbeck, from The American Occupation of Japan: A Retrospective View, by Grant Goodman, 1968
2 Human Play and Its Cultural Expression by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from Humanitas, Spring 1969
3 Offprints, 1970's, n.d.
3 Man at Play by Edward Norbeck, from Play, A Natural History Magazine Special Supplement, December 1971
3 Prophecy Continues to Fail, a Japanese Sect by Takkaaki Sanada and Edward Norbeck, from Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, September 1975
3 Anthropological Views of Play by Edward Norbeck, from American Zool., 1974
3 A Sanction for Authority: Etiquette by Edward Norbeck, reprinted from The Anthropology of Power, 1977
3 The Biological and Cultural Significance of Human Play: An Anthropological View by Edward Norbeck, from Leisure Today, October 1979
3 The Study of Religion by Edward Norbeck, from The Voice of American Forum Lectures, #16, n. d.
3 Rites of Reversal in Cross-Cultural Perspective by Edward Norbeck, n. d.
4 Published Lecture Notes, 1950's
4 Anth XB 124, Primitive Religion, 1955
4 Anth XB 2A, Cultural Factors, 1956
5 Published Lecture Notes, 1960
5 Anth 1, General Anthropology -- Physical and Biological Factors, 1960
5 Anth 118, The General Structure and Basic Processes of Cultural Life-A Survey, 1960
6 Published Lecture Notes, 1965-1968
6 Anth 140, The Nature of Culture -- Upper-division Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 1965
6 Anth 158, Primitive Religion -- Comparative Survey of Pre-Christian Religion and Magic, 1966
6 Anth 2, Introduction to Archeology -- Prehistory and Cultural Growth, 1967
6 Anth 165a, Language and Culture -- Language and Thought, Classification of Languages; Linguistic Aspects of Culture; Language, Nation and State, 1968
6 Loose Items
6 Doctoral Dissertation Takashima: A Fishing Community of Japan 1951:
6 Guest Register, Reception for Edward Norbeck, Washington, D. C. 12-5-80,
6 Card file for sources
6 16 mm film, Japan

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