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Cherry Lowman papers

Creator:
Lowman, Cherry  Search this
Vayda, Andrew Peter (1931)  Search this
Names:
Rappaport, Roy A.  Search this
Extent:
7.5 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Culture:
Maring (Papua New Guinean people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1962-2008
bulk 1962-1980
Summary:
Cherry Lowman was an anthropologist and health science administrator whose ethnographic studies focused on the cultural ecology of the Maring people of highlands Papua New Guinea. Her papers contain fieldnotes and research data, correspondence, photographs, and artworks by Maring men and women.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Cherry Lowman primarily concern her ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s, and subsequent follow up studies based on data collected at that time. Lowman's work for NIAAA is not represented in the papers. It should be noted that there is a great deal of related and overlapping material on the Papua New Guinea research between Lowman's papers and the papers of Andrew P. Vayda, so researchers are encouraged to consult both collections on the topic.

The largest series - Series 1: Field notes and research data - contains field notes from the 1962-1963 and 1966 field work as well as research notes and data files from subsequent analyses and studies. There are some handwritten field notes but the majority are typed. Field notes are arranged chronologically and also by subject, but many related notes are found in separate locations from each other, for instance there may be notes on a particular topic filed by subject, but related notes may be found in the field notes organized chronologically as well. This series also includes a number of paper drafts, as well as Lowman's doctoral dissertation.

Series 2: Correspondence contains only a few files, but includes significant correspondence with Ann and Roy Rappaport and Georgeda Buchbinder.

Series 3: Photographs contains photographs made primarily on the first research trip and include negatives, contact sheets and prints, with associated typed photo logs. Photographs document Maring people, activities, and events. It should be noted that not all of the negatives have corresponding prints.

Series 4: Artwork consists of drawings and paintings made by Maring men and women.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into four series:

Series 1: Field notes and research data

Series 2: Correspondence

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Artwork
Biographical Note:
Cherry Lowman was an anthropologist and health science administrator whose ethnographic studies focused on the cultural ecology of the Maring people of highlands Papua New Guinea.

Lowman was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 19, 1934. She attended Russell Sage College, University of Louisville, and received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Columbia University in 1959. She then became a graduate student in anthropology at Columbia, and in 1962, she joined the two-year "Columbia University Expedition" to the Maring communities of western highlands Papua New Guinea, a National Science Foundation-funded research project to investigate the cultural ecology of the Maring people in the Simbai Valley of the Bismarck Mountains. Andrew P. "Pete" Vayda (to whom Lowman was married at the time) was principal investigator. The research team included Lowman and Vayda, Ann and Roy "Skip" Rappaport, and Allison and Marek Jablonko. The research pairs lived in different villages but communicated frequently. Lowman and Vayda were situated primarily in Gunts, in the Simbai Valley.

Once there, Lowman gave particular attention to collecting data on the role of women in subsistence, the care and development of children under five, cultural conceptions of and responses to disease, and the use and management of both wild and domesticated resources. With Vayda, she conducted surveys on health and marriage practices and other demographic points which continued during Lowman and Vayda's return trip in 1966. This second research trip brought Lowman and Vayda and their daughter Andi to the the Jimi Valley, where they collected systematic interview data on household histories of illness and its treatment and collaborated with Anglican Mission health providers to conduct health surveys in adjacent Jimi Valley communities. On both research trips Lowman also studied the interrelations of Maring art and war as expressed in shield designs.

The two related field experiences produced a wealth of data that Lowman continued to analyze and work with through her master's degree (Columbia, 1976), and culminating with her doctoral dissertation (Columbia, 1980), "Environment, Society and Health: Ecological Bases of Community Growth and Decline in the Maring Region of Papua New Guinea." In it, Lowman developed a model to explain the influence of interdependent regional-level environmental processes, health patterns, and social practices on the growth and decline of local communities.

In 1979, Lowman moved from New York to the Washington DC area to work as a health science administrator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a division of the National Institutes of Health. There, she administered grants, coordinated health services research, and published widely on alcoholism issues in adolescents. Lowman worked for NIAAA until her retirement in 2014. Lowman died on November 22, 2019, in Ithaca, New York.
Related Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives/Human Studies Film Archives holds the films of Alison and Marek Jablonko from the Columbia University Expedition fieldwork.

The National Anthropological Archives holds the papers of Andrew P. Vayda.

The papers of Roy A. Rappaport relating to the Papua New Guinea fieldwork are held at the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Andi Vayda, Cherry Lowman's daughter, in 2021.
Restrictions:
The Cherry Lowman papers are open for research. Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea  Search this
Citation:
Cherry Lowman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.2022-06
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Cherry Lowman papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cecad7cd-5643-4aa5-ac92-756f3ff8b031
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2022-06

[Student correspondence 1957-60]

Collection Creator:
Bunzel, Ruth Leah, 1898-1990  Search this
Container:
Box 12
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Scope and Contents:
Hammer, Muriel; Kaminsky, Muriel; Pinsky, Gertrud M.; Rappaport, Roy A
Subseries Restrictions:
Documents containing student grades have been restricted until 2030.
Collection Rights:
Contact repository for terms of use.
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Ruth Leah Bunzel Papers
Ruth Leah Bunzel Papers / Series 3: Columbia University / 3.2: Administrative and Teaching Materials
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a1e6a687-7dba-42b5-bec7-f042e276f5e2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-2006-22-ref228

Roy Rappaport conversations with Tom Fricke

Creator:
Rappaport, Roy A.  Search this
Former owner:
Fricke, Thomas E., 1954- (Thomas Earl)  Search this
Names:
Rappaport, Roy A.  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
15 Cassettes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Cassettes
Date:
1996-1997
Summary:
Sound recordings and transcripts of conversations between Roy Rappaport and Tom Fricke made during the year before Rappaport's death in 1997.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains sound recordings and transcripts of conversations between Roy Rappaport and Tom Fricke made during the year before Rappaport's death in 1997. Included are 15 audiocassettes and associated written transcripts.
Arrangement:
The recordings and transcripts are organized chronologically by date of recording.
Biographical / Historical:
Roy A. Rappaport (1926-1997) was a cultural and ecological anthropologist whose work involved the study of ritual. He received his PhD from Columbia University and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1965.

Tom Fricke (1954-) is a cultural anthropologist and faculty at the University of Michigan.

After Rappaport was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, Fricke spent many days at Rappaport's home and recorded the conversations that they had, often leading them with questions about Rappaport's life and anthropology.The recordings were later transcribed by Fricke's student, Brian A. Hoey.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Tom Fricke in 2011.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Citation:
Roy Rappaport conversations with Tom Fricke, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.MS2011-39
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw364c50d7e-fe0d-4b56-8e1d-163e61a5d301
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms2011-39

Ecology, meaning, and religion / Roy A. Rappaport

Author:
Rappaport, Roy A  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 259 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Functionalism (Social sciences)  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Human ecology  Search this
Call number:
GN363.R36X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_182611

Pigs for the ancestors : ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people / Roy A. Rappaport

Author:
Rappaport, Roy A  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 501 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Agriculture, Traditional  Search this
Human ecology  Search this
Call number:
DU740.42.R36 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195070

Pigs for the ancestors; ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people, by Roy A. Rappaport

Author:
Rappaport, Roy A  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 311 p. illus., map. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua-New Guinea (Ter.)
Date:
1968
1967 [i.e. 1968]
Topic:
Agriculture  Search this
Call number:
DU740 .R22
DU740.R22
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_21545

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