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Robert I. Levy papers

Creator:
Levy, Robert I. (Robert Isaac), 1924-  Search this
Extent:
262 Sound recordings
37.4 Linear feet (71 boxes, 5 map-folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Manuscripts
Field notes
Correspondence
Slides (photographs)
Place:
Tahiti (French Polynesia: Island)
Bhaktapur (Nepal)
Date:
1947-2001, undated
Summary:
The Robert I. Levy papers document his field work, research and professional activities from 1949-2001 and primarily deal with his work studying social organization, culture, and their psychological effects in Tahiti and Nepal. The collection consists of correspondence, field notes, sound recordings of interviews with informants in Tahiti and Nepal, interview transcripts and analyses, language and culture research materials, maps, and color slides. Also included are files about his books, articles, essays, and lectures; course materials from his time as a professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); and conference files.
Scope and Contents:
The Robert I. Levy papers document his field work, research and professional activities from 1949-2001 and primarily deal with his work studying social organization, culture and their psychological effects in Tahiti and Nepal. The collection consists of correspondence, field notes, sound recordings of interviews with informants in Tahiti and Nepal, interview transcripts and analyses, language and culture research materials, maps, and color slides.

The correspondence includes Levy's thoughts on his first field work experience in Tahiti from 1961-1964 along with extensive correspondence with Levy's cousin, anthropologist Roy Rappaport, in the same time period. Interview transcripts from Tahiti are written in Tahitian with Levy's notes in English. Transcripts from Nepal are in Newar (Devanagari script) with English translations. Full transcripts in both languages are not always present. Research materials comprise documents Levy gathered before and after his periods of field work and include extensive analyses of psychological terms in Tahitian and Newar. The color slides depict adults, children, daily activities, rituals, and some landscapes in Tahiti and Nepal.

Also included in this collection are files about his books, articles, essays, and lectures; course materials from his time as a professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); and conference files.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 4 series: Series 1. Tahiti, 1959-1964, 1970, undated; Series 2. Nepal, 1959-1990, undated; Series 3. Professional activities, 1949-2001, undated; Series 4. Slides, 1961, 1973-1978, undated.
Biographical note:
1924 -- Robert I. Levy was born on June 1st in New York, New York.

1947 -- M.D. Degree, New York University, College of Medicine.

1953-1956 -- Army Medical Corps, Neuropsychiatric and Psychiatric Services, Germany.

1954 -- Specialty certification in psychiatry. American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

1956-1962 -- Private psychiatry practice. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, School of Medicine. Attending Psychiatrist, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Francisco, California. Adjunct in psychiatry, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, California.

1961 -- Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

1961-1964 -- From July-August 1961 and July 1962-June 1964, field work in French Polynesia. Grants from the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.

1964-1966 -- Research Associate, Anthropology, Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Senior Scholar, Institute of Advanced Projects, East-West Center;

1966-1967 -- Visiting Associate Professor of Public Health, University of Hawaii.

1967-1969 -- Research Professor, Social Science Research Institute of Hawaii; Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii.

1969-1991 -- Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego.

1973-1976 -- Field work in Nepal. National Science Foundation grant.

1973-1975 -- Honorary Senior Fulbright-Hays Grant, Nepal.

1990-1991 -- Fellow, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC.

1991-2003 -- Research Professor of Anthropology, Duke University. Research Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego;

1996 -- Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

2003 -- Died August 29th in Asolo, Italy.

Robert I. Levy was a professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) from 1969 until his retirement in 1991 who was known for his ground breaking work in psychological anthropology. Born in 1924 in New York, New York, he originally trained in medicine and psychiatry (M.D. Degree, New York University, 1947). Levy was lured into anthropology in the early 1960s by Douglas Oliver to work on a field project in Tahiti. Levy spent a total of 26 months from 1961-1964 conducting research in Tahiti focused on aspects of Tahitian culture and psychological organization. The resulting book Tahitians: Mind and Experience in the Society Islands (1973) was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award. Levy went on to complete field work in Nepal in the traditional Hindu city of Bhaktapur, from 1973-1976 conducting research on social organization, culture, and their psychological correlates. The culmination of his research, Mesocosm: Hinduism and the Organization of a Traditional Newar City in Nepal, was published in 1990.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD, Levy was a senior scholar at the East-West Center, a research associate at the Bishop Museum, and a professor at the University of Hawaii, all in Honolulu. He was also the associate editor of ETHOS from 1971-1979 and received fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, CA (1985-1986) and the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC (1990-1991). After his retirement from UCSD in 1991 Levy was appointed a Research Professor of Anthropology at both the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Duke University. He died in 2003 in Asolo, Italy.

Source consulted: Hollan, Douglas 2005 "Mind and Experience in Tahiti, Nepal, and Beyond." ETHOS. Vol. 33, No. 4, Special Section in Honor of Robert I. Levy (Dec., 2005), pp. 430-432.
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Robert Levy's wife, Nerys Levy, in 2014.
Restrictions:
Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
The Robert I. Levy papers are open for research.

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Topic:
Caste -- Nepal  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Ethnopsychology  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Field notes
Correspondence
Sound recordings
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Robert I. Levy papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.2014-11
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Robert I. Levy papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3de136f88-d5a2-495d-acfd-ccf24d561825
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2014-11

Berberis aristata DC.

Biogeographical Region:
40 - Indian Subcontinent  Search this
Collector:
Alice C. Nicolson  Search this
Min. Elevation:
1981  Search this
Place:
behind guesthouse. Nagarkot., Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
18 Apr 1967
Common name:
Indian barberry
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Ranunculales Berberidaceae Berberidoideae
Published Name:
Berberis aristata DC.
Barcode:
01121917
USNM Number:
2571895
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Botany
Flowering plants and ferns
Crowdsourcing Project
Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/30c22fe2e-2aaf-4496-9ac7-2710c4f9805e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmnhbotany_10431640
Online Media:

Mesocosm : Hinduism and the organization of a traditional Newar city in Nepal / Robert I. Levy with the collaboration of Kedar Rāj Rājopādhyāya

Author:
Levy, Robert I (Robert Isaac) 1924-  Search this
Rājopādhyāya, Kedar Rāj  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 829 pages, [8] pages of of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Nepal
Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur (Nepal)
Date:
1990
©1990
Topic:
Hindu sociology  Search this
Sociology, Urban  Search this
Hinduism  Search this
Religious life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1097818

Der 55-Fenster-Palast in Bhaktapur : ein Beispiel nepalesischer Architektur und Denkmalpflege / Bhai Kaji Tiwari

Author:
Tiwari, Bhai Kaji  Search this
Physical description:
249 p. : ill., maps, plans ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nepal
Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur (Nepal)
Date:
1999
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA1510.8.N42 B437 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_852378

Towers in stone : Śikhara temples in Bhaktapur, Vatsalā and Siddhilakṣmī / Bijay Basukala, Niels Gutschow, Kishor Kayastha

Author:
Basukala, Bijay  Search this
Gutschow, Niels  Search this
Kayastha, Kishor 1978-  Search this
Author:
Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture  Search this
Subject:
Vatsalā Temple (Bhaktapur, Nepal)  Search this
Siddhilakṣmī Temple (Bhaktapur, Nepal)  Search this
Physical description:
153 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 x 28 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Place:
Nepal
Bhaktapur
Date:
2014
Topic:
Hindu temples  Search this
Hindu architecture  Search this
Hindu sculpture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1054084

Kunst im ritual : das Handwerk der Maler in Bhaktapur, Nepal / Niels Gutschow

Author:
Gutschow, Niels  Search this
Physical description:
120 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nepal
Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur (Nepal)
Date:
2006
Topic:
Art, Nepali  Search this
Buddhist art  Search this
Hindu art  Search this
Art and religion  Search this
Hinduism--Rituals  Search this
Religious life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1066399

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