Preliminary Guide to the R. A. (Robert A.) Littlewood Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Littlewood, R. A., (Robert A.), 1930-
R. A. (Robert A.) Littlewood papers
Date [inclusive]
4.0 Linear feet 4 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use - MS 2001-17: 2-9-7-3.)
Materials are in English.

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Biographical Note

R. A. (Robert A.) Littlewood was a Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University beginning in 1960. Littlewood specialized in microevolution and performed much of his fieldwork in the South Pacific, including New Guinea and Tasmania. In the early 1960s, he worked on a grant that surveyed physical characteristics of populations in Oceania. Starting the late 1960s, Littlewood studied "hybrid" populations along the coast of Tasmania. In 1972, he published The Physical Anthropology of the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains research performed by Robert Littlewood on indigenous populations in New Guinea, Tasmania, and the Pacific Northwest. The collection largely consists of surveys conducted by Littlewood describing the physical characteristics of the populations he studied, photographs taken as part of his field research, field notes including journals and geneaologies, and grant proposals and correspondence with James B. Watson, who headed a survey of populations in Oceania.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. It has not yet been arranged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use. Certain materials may be restricted for privacy purposes.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries by William Lipe in 2001 (MS 2001-17).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nez Perce Indians.

Geographic Name(s)

  • New Guinea
  • Tasmania


  • Anthropology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Archives
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

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