Paula Brown Glick Papers, 1933-1996 (bulk 1958-1987) (MSS 731)

Restrictions: Photographic negatives are restricted. Researchers must request, from the Director of Special Collections & Archives, permission to view these negatives. The 16mm film in Series 4: IMAGES & FILM is also restricted. A viewing copy may be available for researchers.

Extent: 4 Linear feet (7 archives boxes, 3 card file boxes, and 1 oversize folder)

Papers of anthropologist Paula Brown Glick. Glick did much of her research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, particularly Chimbu. Papers include correspondence, writing, research files and notebooks, as well as a large number of photographs and slides.

Paula Brown Glick received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago. After receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1948, she obtained her PhD in social anthropology from the University of London in 1950. Then, from 1952-1955, she worked as a research anthropologist at the Institute of Industrial Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Brown Glick went on to conduct fieldwork in the New Guinea Highlands for the Australian National University (ANU) program as a research fellow and senior fellow. She devoted much of her career to the study of the Papua New Guinea Highlands, specifically Chimbu. After leaving the ANU in 1965, Brown Glick joined the faculty at SUNY Buffalo. She was promoted to full professor in 1968 and headed the anthropology department for years, retiring in 1991.

During her life, Brown Glick wrote and published prolifically. Published books include The Chimbu: A Study of Change in the New Guinea Highlands (1972), Highland Peoples of New Guinea (1978), and Beyond a Mountain Valley: The Simbu of Papua New Guinea (1995).

Paula Brown Glick died in New York on February 26, 2009.

The papers of Paula Brown Glick, anthropologist, professor and writer who spent much of her career studying the Papua New Guinea Highlands, and particularly Chimbu. The collection documents her research in the region, as well as a portion of her writings. The papers range in date from 1933-1994, with the bulk of the material from 1958-1987. Arranged in four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) RESEARCH MATERIAL, and 4) IMAGES AND FILM.

Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: A small number of letters both to and from friends and colleagues, ranging in date from 1987-1996. While the bulk of the correspondence relates to research, some letters are more personal, discussing current events in both Papua New Guinea and the United States.

Box 1 Folder 1
Deck, Dilu, 1987 - 1993
Box 1 Folder 2
Gigmai, Lawrence, 1995
Box 1 Folder 3
Murphy, John, 1991 - 1992
Box 1 Folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1991 - 1996


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) WRITINGS: Comprised of typescript drafts, reprints, and photocopies of articles, lectures, and book chapters written by Paula Brown Glick. The series is arranged alphabetically by title and only represents a small portion of her writings.

Box 1 Folder 5
Chimbu papers
Box 1 Folder 6
Chimbu Transactions - Incomplete book draft
Box 1 Folder 7
Conflict in the New Guinea Highlands, ca. 1982
Box 1 Folder 8
From Birth Hut to Disco: Changing Simbu Lives
Box 1 Folder 9
How Studies in the New Guinea Highlands Have Contributed to Anthropology..., 1981
Box 1 Folder 10
New Men and Big Men: On the Origin of Social Stratification in the Third World..., ca. 1987
Box 1 Folder 11
Population Density, Agricultural Intensity, Land Tenure, and Group Size in the New Guinea Highlands. Written with Aaron Podolefsky, 1976

Contains tables only.

Box 1 Folder 12-13
Sartor Resartus: The New Guinea Micro-Evolution Project, 1959-1983 and After. Session at American Anthropological Association meeting, 1994
Box 1 Folder 14
Miscellaneous papers, 1964 - 1993
Box 1 Folder 15
Miscellaneous notes & writing


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) RESEARCH MATERIAL: Arranged in four subseries: A) Writings of Others, B) Notebooks, C) Interviews, and D) Subject Files.

A) Writings of Others: Contains typescript drafts, photocopies and handwritten articles by authors other than Brown Glick. The bulk of the subseries is comprised of articles written by Paul Dage, on topics requested by Brown Glick. These were used in the writing of Beyond a Mountain Valley.

B) Notebooks: Includes Paula Brown Glick's field notes, most of which contain genealogies and life histories. Two notebooks from the 1950s, by unidentified writers, are also found in this subseries. The first, from 1954 contains notes on local court cases, and is most likely the transcribed words of local officials. The second, written in English and Tok Pisin, has notes on local meetings to discuss road building, local rules, and court cases.

C) Interviews: Interviews collected by research associates for Paula Brown Glick. Interviews, conducted from 1983-1987, are arranged alphabetically by interviewer.

D) Subject Files: Contains correspondence, notes, and copies of articles - some annotated by Brown Glick - collected on topics related to her research. Additionally, the file labeled "Ephemera" contains a broadside for Iambeki Okuk's campaign as well as a copy of the 1943 pamphlet, You and the Native. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title and, in most cases, folder titles were transcribed from the original files.

Writings of Others

Box 2 Folder 1-3
Dage, Paul, 1987 - 1989
Box 2 Folder 4
Taylor, James L. - Mount Hagen Patrol, March - October, 1933. Copy annotated by Brown Glick
Box 2 Folder 5
Unidentified - Chimbu (Papua New Guinea) Compensation System, 1985


Box 2 Folder 6
Untitled - [Notes on local court cases], 1954
Box 2 Folder 7
Road Meeting Center, Naregu (Wandi), 1955, 1960
Box 2 Folder 8
"I" - [Mintima genealogies], ca. 1958 - 1960
Box 3 Folder 1
"K," "P" - [Field notes], ca. 1958 - 1960
Box 3 Folder 2
"N" - [Genealogies & notes], ca. 1958 - 1960
Box 3 Folder 3
Two untitled notebooks, March - May, 1987


Box 3 Folder 4
James Bile, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 5
Peter N. Frazer, interviewer, 1983 - 1984
Box 3 Folder 6
Anton Goie, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 7
Peter Mawoy Golla, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 8
Philip Kai, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 9
Bruce Mondo Kair, interviewer, 1987
Box 3 Folder 10
Francis Kombugun, interviewer. "Origin of Life Story", ca. 1987
Box 3 Folder 11
Robert Kuno, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 12
Boniface Nua, interviewer, 1984

Naur Awi Philip, interviewer

Box 3 Folder 13
"Old Legend & Stories", ca. 1987
Box 3 Folder 14
"Legends & Stories", 1987
Box 3 Folder 15
Mogia M. Taigy, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 16
John Waine, interviewer, 1984
Box 3 Folder 17
Untitled - [Short life histories], undated
Box 3 Folder 18
Information about interviewers & research associates

Subject Files

Box 4 Folder 1
Bergmann, H.F.W. (Willy)
Box 4 Folder 2
Chimbu chronology
Box 4 Folder 3
Coffee growing
Box 4 Folder 4
Downs, Ian
Box 4 Folder 5
Box 4 Folder 6
Filer, Colin
Box 4 Folder 7
Box 4 Folder 8
History & theory
Box 4 Folder 9
Land resources
Box 4 Folder 10
Leahy, Michael James
Box 4 Folder 11
Box 4 Folder 12
Munster, Peter M
Box 4 Folder 13
Patrol reports, 1950s
Box 4 Folder 14
Papua New Guinea law
Box 4 Folder 15
Schmidt, Ludwig
Box 4 Folder 16
Simbu Province
Box 5 Folder 1-2
Taylor, James Lindsay
Box 5 Folder 3
Tribal fighting


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) IMAGES AND FILM: A large number of black and white photographic prints, negatives, and color slides documenting the Chimbu people. A small number of personal images can be found in the contact sheets. The series, ranging in date from 1958-1994, are arranged first by format, then alphabetically by subject. Unidentified photographs that appear to be part of Paula Brown Glick's fieldwork can be found in folders titled "Papua New Guinea."

Original photographic negatives are separated from the collection and restricted for preservation reasons. Most, but not all, negatives are represented by a print found in the collection. To obtain permission to view the complete set of negatives, patrons must contact the Director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library. One 16mm film is also located in the collection and is restricted. Patrons wishing to view the film, labeled "New Guinea Mission film," must request that a user copy be produced.



Box 5 Folder 4-5
1958 - 1960
Box 5 Folder 6
Box 5 Folder 7-8
1964 - 1965
Box 6 Folder 1
1971 - 1984 & undated
Box 6 Folder 2
Chimbu images from Bill Gammage, undated
Box 6 Folder 3
Chimbu images from John Murphy, 1936 - 1937
Box 6 Folder 4
Delegation of Papua New Guinea at the United Nations, 1993 - 1994
Box 6 Folder 5
Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Chimbu, general views, 1963
Box 6 Folder 6
Images of Kondom, 1959 - 1963
Box 6 Folder 7
Mount Hagen, 1965
Box 6 Folder 8
New Guinea Highlands Preparation for Exchange - Photos, notes and book cover for Highland Peoples of New Guinea , undated, 1976
Box 6 Folder 9
Pacific Islands, travels, 1958 - 1961

Papua New Guinea - Miscellaneous & unidentified images

Box 6 Folder 10-12
1959 - 1989
Box 6 Folder 13-15
Box 6 Folder 16
PNG, Port Moresby area; Markham, from Lae to Highlands, 1963
Box 6 Folder 17
Paula Brown Glick in PNG, 1958 - 1984

Contact sheets, 1958, 1975 - 1984

Box 7 Folder 1
Box 7 Folder 2
1976, 1984 & undated
Box 7 Folder 3
Personal & family photos, 1975 - 1976
Box 7 Folder 4
Negatives, 1958 - 1971 & undated

Originals located in AN2/M731/1 - AN2/M731/71, AN5/M731/1-2.

Restrictions Apply


Box 7 Folder 5-6
Miscellaneous, 1959 - 1985
Box 7 Folder 7
Chimbu, 1971 - 1985
Box 7 Folder 8
Color corrected images, undated
Oversize FB-521-1
Film - New Guinea Mission [16mm, color]