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ROBERT F. HEIZER. (1915-1979) Papers; 1949-1956. .35 cu. ft.

Robert F. Heizer was born in Colorado in 1915. He studied at the University of California at Berkeley and received his A.B. degree in 1936, followed by his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1941. He taught at the University of Oregon, 1940-1941, and at the University of California at Los Angeles, 1945-1946. In 1946, he began teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, where he remained until his retirement in 1976. In addition to teaching, Heizer was very active in archaeological and anthropological investigation, doing fieldwork in Alaska with Dr. Ales Hrdlicka (1934-35) and at numerous other sites in the Western states and Mexico, as well as in Peru, Egypt, and Guatemala. He also wrote and published extensively on the results of his research, writing over 400 papers and reports, and 29 books (authored, co-authored, or edited). A member of a number of archaeological and anthropological societies, Heizer also organized and directed the University of California Archaeological Survey, from 1948 to 1960, and was coordinator of its successor, the Archaeological Research Facility, from 1960 until his retirement. For his work in archaeology and anthropology, Heizer received numerous honors including an honorary Doctor of Science degree (University of Nevada, 1965), two Guggenheim Fellowships (1963, 1973), a year as a Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1972-1973), and an award for "Distinguished Scholarly Contributions" from the Southwestern Anthropological Association (1976). He died in 1979.

The collection consists of correspondence, notes, photographs, drafts of manuscripts, and a published article from Dr. Heizer's study of Koniag Eskimo artifacts of Kodiak Island.

The collection was presented to the UAA Archives & Manuscripts Department by Linda Yarborough in 1981.



1. Correspondence, 45 items; 1946-1956.

2. "Incised Slate figures" - Kodiak. Article, notes, and four photographs; 1952.

3. "Pottery from the Southern Eskimo Region". Draft with drawings and two photographs; n.d.

4."Pottery from the S. Eskimo Region"; Article in "Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society"; April 18, 1949.

5. Kodiak Mortar and Fire Pit. Notes and three photographs; June, 1932.

6. Kodiak Pottery. Notes and three negatives; n.d.

7. Kodiak Artifacts (re: decorations). Notes; n.d.

8. Plates for Article on Uyak Site, Kodiak, Alaska. 85 plates; n.d.

9. Harvard University, Photographs of Artifacts (Kodiak?). Thirteen photographs; n.d.

10. Miscellaneous Photographs of Artifacts and Site (Kodiak?). Eighteen photographs and eighteen negatives; n.d.

11. Tlingit Pictures from Seville. Three pictures and three negatives; n.d.

12. Xeroxed Heizer Articles.