Gillin, John Phillip (1907–1973) Papers, bulk 1927–1973: A Finding Aid
Peabody Museum Archives
Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard
Call No.: 997-8
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Gillin, John Phillip (1907–1973) Papers,
Date(s): 1927–1973 (bulk)
Creator: Gillin, John Phillip
Quantity: 8 linear feet
papers detail Gillin's research in South and Central America and his professional
included are materials originating from Gillin's wife, Helen L. Gillin.
Sarah Demb 1997-1998 edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate
Archivist; September 2010
These papers were donated by the Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill, and
John Gillin's son, John Christian Gillin, M.D. May 1997
Restrictions on access: none.
Restrictions on use: none.
American anthropologist, John Phillip Gillin was
born in Waterloo, Iowa on August 1, 1907. The son of John Lewis Gillin, sociology
Gillin received his A.B. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1927 and
his M.A. in
sociology, psychology and anthropology in 1930. Gillin's formal introduction into
anthropological field work began in 1932-33 with an expedition to British Guiana to
Carib Indians of the Barama River.
At the Peabody Museum, Gillin trained under
Roland Dixon and A.M. Tozzer and received his PhD in anthropology in 1934 (The
Barama River Caribs of British Guiana). Gillin was on the Peabody staff in 1934 and
made trips to Ecuador on the Museum's behalf, studying the cultures of the Imbabura
He also worked on Peabody archaeological sites at Nine Mile Canyon, Utah, culminating
his Peabody Papers publication, Archaeological Investigations in Central Utah,
(vol. XVII, No. 2, 1941.)
From 1937 to 1941, Gillin held a position at Ohio State
University. During this time he also spent a year at Yale University in the Institute
Relations, studying the intersection of psychology and anthropology. In 1942 Gillin
position in the anthropology department at Duke University. With the onset of World
War II, he
was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Gillin continued to teach at Duke
when he accepted a professorship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
founded the anthropology Ph D program. He left UNC in 1959 to found the Department
Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh where he retired from in 1972.
Gillin passed away at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he had chosen
John Gillin is remembered for his field study of Central and South American culture,
U.S. Latin American policy, and for his pioneering work in interpreting culture within
framework of scientific investigation.
- Reina, Ruben E. Obituaries: John Phillip Gillin 1907-1973. American
Anthropologist . vol. 78, no. 1. March 1976, pp. 79-86.
The papers detail
Gillin's research in South and Central America and his professional activities. Originally
deposited in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
transferred to the Peabody Museum in 1997. The papers include correspondence, field
(Africa, British Guiana, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala), student work, teaching
materials, writings, card files, and photographic material. There is also one box
of his wife
Helen L. Gillin's material which includes journals (Ecuador), correspondence (Brasil,
Ecuador), and reports. This collection would be of interest to researchers in broader
Latin American culture, such as visual anthropology, human ecology and the history
- Series I: Personal materials, 1927-1973,
- Series II: Fieldwork, 1930-1968.
- Series: III: Student
- Series IV: Teaching and related materials, 1955-1970.
- Series V: Writings, 1932-1960
- Series VI: Helen L. Gillin
- Series VII: Photographic material, 1937-1947.
- Series VIII: Card files, 1945 and n.d.
- Series: I. Personal Materials, 1927-1973,
- A. Realia:
- 1.1 Calling, identity, and business cards, n.d. [includes copies of
clippings 1930-1965 and Guatemalan driver's license, 1942]
- 1.2 JPG memorial materials, 1973
- B. Journals, 1927-1928
- 1.3 Notebook diaries from trip with father,
Hawaii, China, India, Philippines
Family correspondence, 1927-1969
- 1.5 India, Sri Lanka, Feb. 1928
- 1.8 Israel, Greece, March-April, 1928
- 1.9 Switzerland, April-May, 1928
- 1.10 Berlin, May-Aug, 1928
- 1.11 London, Aug-Sept 1928
- 1.12 South Pacific, 1968-1969
- D. Financial:
- 1.13 Expense journal, 1958-1961, n.d.
- E. Writings:
- 1.14 "Versifications", n.d.
- Series: II. Fieldwork, 1930-1968, n.d.
- 2.1 Africa: Logan African Expedition, n.d.
- 2.2 Algeria & Europe, 1930
- 2.4 British Guiana, photo album pages, 1932
- 2.7 British Guiana: photos
with captions, 1932
- 2.8 British Guiana: photos and contact strips, 1932
- 2.9 British Guiana, 1932-1933
- 2.10 Costa Rica notes, correspondence, and clippings,
- 2.11 Cuban
trip, reports, photos, 1949
- 3.1 Ecuador, 1934: notes, Leica film catalogue
- 3.2 UNESCO Ecuador notes, 1951-1953, 1964
- 3.3 PM Expedition to S.A. , Ecuador &
Peru notes, 1934-1935
- 3.4 Guatemala: 3 field journals, 1942
- 3.5 El Salvador, 1961-1964
- 3.7 Guatemala, field notebook S.A. Expedition, 1942 and expenditure report,
- 3.8 -3.10 Notes and
correspondence, San Luis Jilotepeque, 1948
- 4.1 Southern Studies Project, UC
Date: 1946-1950 [see also
informant cards, box 13]
- 4.2 Atlantic, NC
- 4.3 Notes "Child Rearing San Luis Jilotepeque
- 4.4 New Mexico, pages from photo album
- 4.5 Peru, [Smithsonian] Argus Film Catalogue reels
1-13; roll descriptions with thumbnail shots in damaged notebook
- 4.6 Peru, clippings and
- 4.7 Peru, correspondence
- 4.8 South America correspondence [Brasil,
- Series: III: Student work, Gillin,
- 4.9 Harvard graduate school bibliography cards,
- Series: IV.
Teaching and Related Materials,
- 5.1 UNC correspondence
- 5.2 UNC/UPittsburgh correspondence
- 5.3 U Pittsburgh correspondence misc.
- 5.4 U Pittsburgh student papers
- Series: V. Writings
- 6.1 Amazon and other ms. material
Date: 1934-35, n.d.
- The Princess of the Amazon (2)
- Elenita and Dona the Crisis at the
- 6.2 "The Application of Anthropological Knowledge to Modern Mass Society: An Anthropologist's
View". Human Organization 15 (4), n.d. (3) [reprints]
- 6.3 Book Reviews
- Method and Perspective In Anthropology: Papers in Honor of Wilson D.
Wallis [typescript w/2 reprints]
- Guia Para la Clasificacion de los Culturas
- Junglar People: A Kaingang Tribe of the Highlands of Brazil
- Man Takes Control: Cultural
Development and American Aid
- Empire's Children: The People of Tzintzuntzan
- Yalalg: Una Villa Zapoteca Serrana
- Human Relations in a Changing World
- Warriors Without Weapons: A Study of the Society and
Personality Development of the Pine Ridge Sioux
- The Theory of Human Culture
- The Indians of the Americas
- A Survey of Western Civilization
- A Reader in General Anthropology
- Latin America, Past and Present
- The Pueblo Indians of San Ildefonso: A Changing Culture
- The Masters and The Slaves
- The South American Handbook
- Caribbean: Sea of the New
Science for the Atomic Age (GIllin paper)
- 6.4 Cultural Aspects of Personality and other ms. material,
- Religion in
- U Wisconsin
press release re: Gillin
- Anthropology and the Social Sciences
- Social Science research and Foreign Policy
- The Teaching of Anthropology, Stanford,
Date: April 1960
- 6.5 Industrial Man [review]
- 6.7 Journalistic
writings, Helen N. and John P. Gillin, n.d.:
Cultural Aspects of Personality Among the Great Russians"
- "An Anthropologist Looks at the World"
- [untitled] chapter 1 by Adam Gillin
- 6.8 "Non-linguistic Communication Within and Between
Sociocultural Systems," n.d.
- 6.9 "The Problems of Idealogical Choice in Latin America," and other ms. material, n.d.:
- "Conversion, or Perversion of an Anthropologist"
- "War on the Body Politic"
- 6.10 "The Regulation of Human Behavior," & other ms.
- "How Do You Get That Way?"
- 6.11 "The Social Transformation of the Mestizos". Stockholm Conference
- 6.12 "Tales from the Guiana Woods" ms.
- 6.13 "Theoretical Possibilities of
Induced Sociocultural Collapse," n.d. mss. (multiple copies)
- Book Manuscripts
Date: 1946-1970 and n.d.
- 7.1 A Culture of Politics: Latin America
- 7.2 A Culture of Politics: Psychocultural Theory
- 7.3 A Culture of Politics: draft chapters 1-13,
- 7.4 A Culture
of Politics: Politics and Ethos
- 7.5 A Culture of Politics: U.S. Traits research,
- 7.6 A Culture of Politics: draft, 3rd copy
- 7.7 Misc. mss.,
Date: 1970 and n.d.
- Exportabi9lity of Democracy to Latin
- Exportabi9lity of
Democracy to Latin America
- Exportability of Democracy to Latin America
- Changing Cultural Values of the Latin American Lower Class
- Larger and More Complex Cultures for
Participation in the Market System in Latin America. Ralph Parris
- 8.1 Complex
Socio-Cultural Systems: Socio-cultural Integration-Disintegration ms. material
- 8.2 Non-linguistic Communication Within and Between
- 8.3 Socio-Cultural Systems, publishable
- 8.4 Socio-Cultural Systems, misc.
(includes letter, Gillin to Milburn re: publication
- 8.5 Socio-Cultural Systems, cont.
- Controlling Patterns and Related Culture
- The Study of Values. Ruth Fink for Seminor on Complex Socio-Cultural Systems (Gillin & Arensberg)
- Major changes in Modern Complex
Systems of Human Life
Potential for Peace and War
- Ch. 1 --
Some features of Modern Socio-cultural Systems
- Recent National Systems Maladjustments: Pre-Castro
- 8.6 Socio-Cultural Systems, cont.:
"Anthropology & Modern Complex Societies," n.d.
- 8.7 Socio-Cultural Systems, cont.
- Larger & More Complex Cultures for Anthropologists
- Dynamic Analysis of Certain
Basic Patterns of the Modern Cultures of North America and of Latin America
- Non-Linguistic Communication Within
and Between Socio-cultural Systems
- Peaceful Warfare
- Man's Potential for Peace and War
- 8.8 Complex Socio-cultural Systems carbon
- 8.9 Integration-Disintegration (Socio-cultural Systems)
- 8.10 Socio-cultural Systems--1st copy (draft) with "Factors
Contributing to Inconsistency in Socio-cultural Systems". Elmer Miller
Reports: Ways of Men ms.
- 9.2 Readers' reports on Intro. to Sociology; Ways of Men
- 9.3 San Carlos: A
Study of A Guatemalan Community, draft with notes,
Date: June 15,
- 9.4-9.7 The
World of San Luis, drafts and outline; draft with "Perversion or Conversion of an
- 10.1 The World of San Luis drafts: "Gabriel-Sixto Augustin
- 10.2 The World of San Luis drafts: San Luis politics
- 10.3 The World of
San Luis drafts: San Luis Jilotepeque and The Future of Guatemala
- 10.4 The World of San Luis drafts: Chapter 5: "Lessons from Guatemala"
- 10.5 The World of San Luis drafts: San Luis ms. [Ch. 2?]
- 10.6 The World of
San Luis drafts: San Luis intro.
- 10.7 The World of San Luis drafts: The World of San Luis/The
- 10.8 The
World of San Luis drafts: Religion--San Luis
- 10.9 The World of San Luis drafts: Juan Lopez
- 10.1 The
World of San Luis drafts: Guatemala
- 10.11 The World of San Luis drafts: San Luis Political
- 10.12 The World of San Luis drafts: Guatemala Revolution
- 10.13 The World of San Luis drafts: Goubaud Affair
- 10.14 The World of San Luis drafts: Guatemala
- 10.15 Social Anthropology of the Modern South, draft
Date: 1946 UNC
- Series: VI. Helen L. Gillin material, 1934-1963.
- 11.1 Field journals:
- Ecuador/Upper Amazon
- 11.2 -3 Reports/correspondence: Brasil, Peru, Ecuador,
Paraguay, Uruguay, Guatemala, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia
- 11.4 Various
loose notes, n.d.
- "Middle Class Values in L.A."
says there were no witches..."]
- Series: VII.
Date: 1936-1947, n.d.
- 12.1 20 prints and negatives, Guatemala & Ecuador,
Date: 1937; 4 postcards, Peru & Guatemala; unid. film, n.d. (contact strips)
- 12.2 42 Guatemala prints sent to D.
Clay of Dodd, Mead and Co.,
- 12.3 8 canisters of photo film, n.d.
- Series: VIII. Card Files,
Date: 1945 and n.d.
- Box 13 Informant Card Files,
- Boxes 14-16ms. bibliographic cards; Arts & Crafts, n.d.
- Boxes 17-19 Bibliographic and field note cards, n.d.