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D. George Sherman (1947-1992) Papers, ca. 1965-1992
26 records storage boxes, 1 archives box (26.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Anthropologist. Contains Sherman's notes from his coursework and studies at Amherst College and Cornell University; field notes for and drafts of his book Rice, Rupees and Ritual (1990); published articles and public lectures; and extensive background and lecture notes related to the anthropology courses he taught.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Sherman Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Sherman Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

David George Sherman was born in 1947 and graduated from Amherst College in 1969. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1974 and 1982 respectively. He taught anthropology at Southern Illinois University, 1984-1986, Dartmouth College, 1988-1989 and University of California Irvine, 1989-1990. He was teaching at Keene State College (N.H.) at the time he was killed in an automobile accident in 1992.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains Sherman's notes from his coursework and studies at Amherst College and Cornell University; field notes for and drafts of his book Rice, Rupees and Ritual: Economy and Society Among the Samosir Batak of Sumatra (1990); the text of published articles and public lectures; and extensive background and lecture notes related to the anthropology courses he taught.

The collection has not been processed beyond a rough box-level sorting. The papers are organized loosely into eight series.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Sherman Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Sherman Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in D. George Sherman Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The bulk of the collection was the gift of Zenya Wild in 1993. Additional materials (1.5 linear feet) were received in 2003 from Hedwidge Tripp. Accession numbers: 93-050, 2003-163

Processing Information

The collection has not been processed beyond a rough box-level sorting.

Accession numbers:93-050, 2003-163
Finding Aid:2003 October
Prepared by:Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist
Listed by:Jean W. Zilewicz, June 7, 1993


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English and German
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Undergraduate Notebooks



Undergraduate notebooks (Anthropology, Gender, History, Thailand Seminar, Ancient Sea History)


Box 1
Undergraduate notebooks (Physics, Bio-genetics, Thermo, Math, English)


Box 2
Series 2: Research notebooks and other research materials



Research notebooks (German dictionary, interview sheets, Indonesia materials)


Box 3
Original Indonesia Research (150 cassette tapes of conversations, feasts, speeches - a few commercial tapes


Box 4
Research - primary and secondary sources, transcripts of tapes, lists of Pestas, news clippings


Box 5
Research - second sources


Box 6
Research files on individuals


Box 7
Research files


Box 8
Original Indonesia Research - residence patterns, education, labor and education, map book, marriage and education records, workers by age and family, fields, work statistics


Box 9
Series 3: Dissertation



Thesis - Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University (4 notebooks)


Box 10
Original Thesis, notebooks (3), books (2)


Box 11
Thesis - papers and indexes


Box 12
Thesis - notebooks and files


Box 13
Series 4: Teaching Files



Teaching - files on courses and seminars


Box 14
Teaching - files on courses and seminars


Box 15
Teaching - files on courses and seminars


Box 16
Teaching - files on courses and seminars


Box 17
Teaching - files on courses and seminars


Box 18
Series 5: Lecture Materials, Writings, and Correspondence



Lecture materials, writing, and correspondence


Box 19
Student evaluations, syllabi


Box 20
Selections from personal/teaching files


Box 21
Selections from personal files


Box 22
Nazism (files and notebooks)


Box 23
Series 6: "Rice, Rupees and Ritual" (book)



Rice, Rupees & Rituals, Stanford University Press - some personal information


Box 24
Series 7: Personal Correspondence



Desk top, most recent and current files, personal correspondence


Box 25
Series 8: Photographs



Photographic prints, ca. 1,000 [Acc. 2003-163]


Box 26
1 box photographic negative rolls; scholarly manuscripts; photographic negatives and contact sheets; agricultural booklets; personal correspondence, 1970s-1980s; photographs of villages (album pages)


Box 27

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Anthropolgy--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States.
  • Samosir Island (Indonesia)--Economic conditions.
  • Samosir Island (Indonesia)--Social life and customs.
  • Sherman, D. George, 1947-
  • Toba-Batak (Indonesian people)--Economic conditions.
  • Toba-Batak (Indonesian people)--Social life and customs.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1969. Sherman.

Genre terms
  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.


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