George E. B. Morren Papers, 1920-2011 (MSS 802)

Extent: 10.2 Linear feet (26 archives boxes, 1 map case folder, 2 flat box folders, 2 tubes, and 4 films), + 4.81 GB of digital files

Digital Content

Selected materials from the collection have been digitized (films and some photographs). There is one folder of born-digital photographs that may be surrogates of some original materials, described in the container list.

Papers of George E. B. Morren, American anthropologist who was among the first to use remote sensing satellite technology for field research before GPS devices were available to consumers. He used their forerunners to investigate human and environmental change in Papua New Guinea, specifically the Telefomin district of the Sandaun province.

George Edward Bradshaw Morren was born in West Brighton, Staten Island in 1939. He graduated from Columbia University in 1960, earning a bachelor's degree in anthropology. After graduation, Morren served in the U.S. Navy until 1963 when he returned to Columbia for graduate school, earning a PhD in 1974. His thesis, "Settlement Strategies and Hunting in a New Guinea Society," was made possible by a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant and Graduate Fellowship awarded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Morren taught anthropology for several years, first as an assistant professor at State University of New York at Binghampton, then moving to Rocky Hill, New Jersey where he was professor of anthropology at Cook College (renamed as the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences), part of Rutgers University for over 40 years. At Rutgers, Dr. Morren helped to develop a new program in Human Ecology in 1973, held leadership positions as department chair and curriculum coordinator, and made groundbreaking contributions in the new academic fields of Ecological Anthropology and Human Ecology. In 1976 he co-authored a textbook Ecology, Energetics, and Human Variability: Elements of Anthropology with Michael Little, and continued to publish scholarly articles relating to his studies on the Miyanmin [Mianmin] people and ecology of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Morren was an early adopter of remote sensing satellite technology, Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) later renamed LANDSAT, a predecessor to GPS to investigate sociological and environmental changes in Papua New Guinea. Morren was granted awards for some of his research, including research funding from The National Science Foundation from 1991-1994. He retired from teaching in 2009.

In addition to his extensive field research and teaching, Dr. Morren was a member of the American Anthropological Association, and he also served as Mayor of Rocky Hill, New Jersey from 2005 to 2008 in order to help protect the city from an environmental disaster. Morren died on September 29, 2011.

In 2013, Lost Child – Sayon's Journey, an award-¬winning documentary film about the Cambodian genocide was posthumously dedicated to Morren who, along with his wife, documentary filmmaker Janet Gardner, played a key role in the development of the film. From 2016 through 2017, The Morris Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate in Morristown, New Jersey presented an exhibit on Morren's research and his collections of artifacts, natural specimens, and information about his fieldwork.

Papers of George Morren, American anthropologist who was among the first to use remote sensing satellite technology for field research, before GPS devices were available to consumers. He used their forerunners to investigate human and environmental change in Papua New Guinea, specifically the area of the Miyanmin people living in the Telefomin District of the Sandaun province. The collection includes letters from Morren's colleagues and professional contacts, field research and topical notes, extensive photographic documentation of Morren's study of the region, maps, data, and diagrams of the region's ecological changes over time, and a small selection of writings by Morren and other anthropologists studying the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.


Container List


Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Arranged alphabetically, include Morren's professional correspondence as well as personal letters from friends, family and correspondents in Papua New Guinea. Also included is a small selection of carbon copies of outgoing correspondence during his fieldwork in Papua New Guinea from 1968-1969.

Box 1 Folder 1
433rd Troop Carrier Group (TCG) - Includes photographs, 1990
Box 1 Folder 2
Aerial photography correspondence, 1969-1989
Box 1 Folder 3
American Philosophical Society (APS) - Research grant "A Narrative and Visual History of Contact in the Upper Sepik", 1990
Box 1 Folder 4
Ballard, Chris (Australian National University) - Includes Ethnobotany of Huli terms, 1994
Box 1 Folder 5
Bercovitch, Eytan - Ancestral Relations in the Altbalmin Border Area, 1993
Box 1 Folder 6
Bishop Museum (Allen Allison, Assistant Director of Research), 1991
Box 1 Folder 7
Blinkoff, Robbie and Belinda, Mekil Wildlife Management Area, 1995-1998
Box 1 Folder 8
Brown, Paula and Buck Schieffelin, 1992
Box 1 Folder 9
Craig, Barry (Pangkalilla, Australia), 1984-1991
Box 1 Folder 10
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), regarding aerial photography, 1989
Box 1 Folder 11
Family correspondence, 1967-1969
Box 1 Folder 12
Fischer, Keyt - Ecology of the Montane Cuscus, 1989-1994
Box 1 Folder 13
Friend, Tony, 1990
Box 1 Folder 14
Frodin, David G., 1993-2003
Box 1 Folder 15
Gammage, Bill - Includes copies of important research, 1989-1993
Box 1 Folder 16
Gardner, Don - West Miyanmin research, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 17
Gibbs, Harold R., 1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 18
Haynes, Norman, 1989-1990
Box 1 Folder 19
Hays, Terence - "The New Guinea Highlands", 1993
Box 2 Folder 1
Hide, Robin - Includes "Megapodes in the Mountain Ok Culture Area: A Brief Note", 1998-2003
Box 2 Folder 2
Huston, William C. - Correspondence regarding the Ken Garden photo album with identifications, 1988-1989

The Ken Garden photo album is located in PHOTOGRAPHS series (Box 7, folder 5).

Box 2 Folder 3
Hyndman, David, 1967-1987
Box 2 Folder 4
John Ward Williams Party correspondence, 1989-1990
Box 2 Folder 5
Lae Herbarium, Papua New Guinea (M. Galore and J. Wormersley), 1969-1983
Box 2 Folder 6
Melk-Koch, Marion - Regarding notes on Thurnwald expedition, 1990-1991
Box 2 Folder 7
Menzies, James I. (University of Papua New Guinea; National Museum and Art Gallery), 1957-1989
Box 2 Folder 8
Min Health Service correspondence re: donation, 2001
Box 2 Folder 9
Mountain Ok correspondence and survey responses, 1982-1986
Box 2 Folder 10
Papua New Guinea correspondence, includes carbon copies of Morren's outgoing correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 2 Folder 11
Papua New Guinea correspondence, includes letters from correspondents in Papua New Guinea, 1967-2004
Box 2 Folder 12
Parker, Fred, 1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 13
Schiefenhoevel, Wulf, 2001

Includes article for "The Mek and Their Neighbours."

Box 2 Folder 14
Smith, Jean, 1993
Box 2 Folder 15
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History. Regarding J. Ward Williams film preservation project, 1990-1993
Box 2 Folder 16
Tyler, Michael J. (The South Australian Museum), undated
Box 2 Folder 17
UC Berkeley, regarding the Thurnwald expedition, 1990
Box 2 Folder 18
Waters, Ray - Correspondence and notes, 1989
Box 2 Folder 19
Wheatcroft, Wilson, 2002
Box 2 Folder 20
Miscellaneous, 1989-1999


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) PAPUA NEW GUINEA FIELD RESEARCH. Arranged in five subseries: A) Field Notebooks, B) Photographs, Negatives and Slides, C) Maps, Diagrams and Oversized Images, D) Subject/Topical Files, and E) General Field Research and Data.

A) Field Notebooks: Arranged chronologically, include Morren's notes from the 1960s through the 1990s on topics such as kinship, material culture, language, history, and flora and fauna. Also included are language and vocabulary workbooks from villagers from 1964-1965.

B) Photographs, Slides, and Audiovisual Recordings: Highlights include Morren's extensive photographic documentation of the region comprising of prints, slides, and archived negatives of village life, flora and fauna, as well as aerial photographs; and the Ken Garden photograph album acquired by Morren, which documents RAAF pilot Stuart Campbell's flights in the 1930s and include historical early aviation photographs from approximately 1920-1937. Ken Garden was a close associate of Campbell's, who operated in the Sepik River Valley and was among the earliest documented visitors to the region. Also, of note are the scrapbooks of the Ifitamin Glider Landing photographs which include images of and by Roger D. Thorson, a WWII U.S. Army glider pilot who took documented village life in Papua New Guinea around 1945. Also included are 4 16mm films of aerial views recorded in 1973.

C) Maps, Diagrams and Oversized Images: An extensive collection of maps and diagrams of the region, including some hand drawn maps of villages, vegetation and population diagrams and data, as well as Morren's sequential aerial photographs of the May River and settlements in the Telefomin District.

D) Subject/Topical Files: Arranged alphabetically include Morren's notes and files on topics and prominent researchers in the field.

E) General Field Research and Data: Arranged alphabetically, highlights include Morren's field data including his extensive collection, "Herb labels, Flora of New Guinea" as well various trip notes and plant, animal and terrain surveys. Also, of note are Morren's language notes, research files and drafts of the dictionary of the Mianmin [Miyanmin] language, a subfamily of the Mountain Ok family of languages of the indigenous peoples of the region.

Field Notebooks

Box 3 Folder 1
Topical notebooks, ca. 1960-1965

Kinship terminology and house labor.

Box 3 Folder 2
Topical notebooks, ca. 1964-1965

Material culture, language, history.

Box 3 Folder 3-6
Indigenous workbooks - Language and vocabulary lessons, ca. 1964-1965
Box 3 Folder 7
Expenses and notes from graduate studies in Papua New Guinea, 1968
Box 3 Folder 8-10
Topical field notebooks, 1968-1969
Box 4 Folder 1-3
Topical field notebooks, 1968-1969

Material culture, photo log, and "bilum book."

Box 4 Folder 4
Language notebook, 1969
Box 4 Folder 5
Flora and fauna notebook, 1969
Box 4 Folder 6
Stories notebook, 1969
Box 4 Folder 7
Field notebooks, 1980-1983
Box 5 Folder 1
Miscellaneous notebooks, ca. 1985-1990

Includes expenses, notes on Western society/sexual revolutions, research books.

Box 5 Folder 2
Miscellaneous pocket notebooks, ca. 1980-2012

Includes address book and miscellaneous notes.

Box 5 Folder 3-4
Field notebooks, 1989-1993
Box 5 Folder 5
General notebook, 1991

Photographs, Slides, and Audiovisual Recordings

Box 6 Folder 1
Notes on glider photographs (Bill Gammage), undated
Box 6 Folder 2-3
Ifitaman Glider Landing, photo scrapbook, ca. 1945
Box 6 Folder 4-5
Ifitaman Glider Landing - Roger D. Thorson 77-page photographic print album
Box 6 Folder 6
Telefomin Rebellion photographs, undated
Box 6 Folder 7-9
Book I - Telefomin Area and Williams Party photographs
Box 7 Folder 1-3
Book II - Thurnwald, Champion, and Williams Party photographs of Fly and May Rivers
Box 7 Folder 4
Ken Garden Photograph Album, ca. 1920-1937

Information about the provenance and Morren's acquisition of the album is included in correspondence - Huston, William C. (Box 2, Folder 2).

Box 8 Folder 1-8
Aerial photographs of Central New Guinea, Blucher Range (various aerial runs), 1967-1968
Box 8 Folder 9
Aerial photographs, untitled, undated
Box 9 Folder 1
Aerial photographs - Prints: #18 and #19, 1969 August
Box 9 Folder 2
Miyanmin Valley life photographs, 1969 April-August
Box 9 Folder 3
Miyanmin pig hunting photographs, 1969 August
Box 9 Folder 4-8
Photographs and corresponding negatives, Papua New Guinea, 1989
Box 9 Folder 9
Photographs and corresponding negatives. Aerial topographic images., Undated
Box 9 Folder 10
Photographs from Papua New Guinea research at the Museum of Folklore, Berlin, 1991
Box 9 Folder 11
Slides - "General and Pacific", ca. 1969-1971

Kept in Morren's original order. Topics include food, plants, cultivation techniques, animals, hunting, food preparation and distribution.

Box 10 Folder 1-31
Slides - Some labeled by topic, 1968-1989

Includes Sepik village life scenes, Green River and Border Mountains, flora and fauna, sing sing ceremony, and other topics. Some slides were taken by photographers other than Morren.

Box 11 Folder 1-11
Slides - Numbered #1-10, 13, 1973
Box 11 Folder 12-15
Negatives - Numbered #1-41 (missing #23)
Box 11 Folder 16
Negatives - Miscellaneous aerial shots, 1969
Box 11 Folder 17
Miscellaneous contact sheets - Cassowary, men working
Oversize FS-196
8mm film of Papua New Guinea - Includes I: Aerial view, Ewer [?], Agate, Komer, 1973
Oversize FS-197
8mm film of Papua New Guinea - Includes II: Komer, Manep, Monu, Ewer, 1973
Oversize FS-198
8mm film of East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea - Includes III: Kanganaman Village, Chambri Lake and Maprik District, 1973
Oversize FS-199
8mm film of Papua New Guinea - Includes IV: Maprik, Jama, Mt. Hagen, 1973
Digital file 1
Digital photographs, ca. 1969-1990

623 JPEG images, scanned from original Morren photographs and/or slides of Papua New Guinea. May include copies of original images held within this collection, as well as some unique content.

Box 26 Folder 3-14
Reel-to-reel sound recordings from the field, 1-2, 7-16, ca. 1971

Maps, Diagrams, and Oversized Aerial Photographs

Box 12 Folder 1
Maps and sketches - Includes sketch from Map of Journeys of the Hagen-Sepik Patrol, 1938-1939
Box 12 Folder 2
Maps - Territorial and Ethnic Groups and Hak River Settlement. Includes map 2-9, 1957-1970
Box 12 Folder 3
Mapping notes and transects, ca. 1960-1969
Box 12 Folder 4
Maps - Tutuila Island, Jimi and Simbai Rivers, and Kunoga-Middle Jimi, 1962
Box 12 Folder 5
Maps - Aitape Sub-D and language families in Central New Guinea, 1962-1964
Box 12 Folder 6
Miscellaneous maps, Papua New Guinea, ca. 1964-1979
Box 12 Folder 7
Topographical maps of rivers - May, Yap, Stolle, and Idam, 1966
Box 12 Folder 8
Ifitaman maps and data, ca. 1969
Box 12 Folder 9
Explanatory notes to the Vegetation Map of Papua New Guinea, Land Research Series No. 35, 1975-1979
Box 12 Folder 10
Map of Konedobu Town and Port Moresby Harbour, undated
Box 12 Folder 11
Maps - Mountain Ok, undated
Box 12 Folder 12
Maps and notes, New Guinea Highlands, undated
Oversize TS-93 Folder 1
Wameimin, Unamo, and Wabia genealogies, 1979
Oversize TS-93 Folder 2
Map - Territorial and ethnic groups, 1972
Oversize TS-93 Folder 3
Maps and diagrams - May River and vicinity, 1957-1970
Oversize TS-94 Folder 1
Aerial photographs and corresponding maps - Telefomin district, undated
Oversize TS-94 Folder 2
Interpopulation diagram, undated
Oversize TS-94 Folder 3
Hand drawn map - Mabwe, Bobliak, Amalo, Usali II, Wamesoke, Kome Teinsoka, Ihoten, undated
Oversize TS-94 Folder 4
Royal Australian Survey Corps Maps - East Miamin field data compiled by Morren, 1967-1969, 1972
Oversize TS-94 Folder 4
Mean annual rainfall (probable) and population density data, 1967-1969, 1972
Oversize FB-565 Folder 1
Sequential aerial photos of May River, 1967 December 9

Photos are approximately 3.5 inches apart and is run 13w photos 5070 to 5104.

Oversize FB-565 Folder 2
Sequential aerial photos of May River, 1968 August 1

Photos are approximately 3.5 inches apart and is run 11c photos 5001 to 5098.

Oversize MC-034-7
Hak River Settlement, map and transparencies, ca. 1957-

General Field Research and Data

Box 13 Folder 1
2nd Archbold New Guinea Expedition research, 1991
Box 13 Folder 2
Amusep Kiyongsining interview transcript, 1981 April 1
Box 13 Folder 3
Animal collection data - Rodents, bats, marsupials, 1981-1989
Box 13 Folder 4
Australian New Guinea Administration Unit (ANGAU), military report, 1944
Box 13 Folder 5
Baliem River/Shangri-La materials, includes photographs, 1945-1990
Box 13 Folder 6
Bird call tape contents, undated
Box 13 Folder 7
Bishop Museum/UCSD air photos lists, 1989
Box 13 Folder 8
Botanical survey of the Central Range Mountains and Sepik River Basin, Jacinto Regalado, W. Takeuchi, and Robin Foster. Proposal, ca. 1995
Box 13 Folder 9
Box, Daniel T. and Manford Susman search, ca. 1993
Box 13 Folder 10
Collect sheets, 1981
Box 13 Folder 11
Comments on "Hunting and the Faunal Community" list, undated
Box 13 Folder 12
Consolidated Tokples Species list for Monal Transects, 1993
Box 13 Folder 13
Documentation of UPSP photos, 1990
Box 13 Folder 14
Duranmin/Asabano - Plants and animals, notes
Box 13 Folder 15
East Mianmin Mammal Collection III - Summary of Information, 1981
Box 13 Folder 16
Enga Law and Order Project, Papua New Guinea, 1982
Box 13 Folder 17
Ethnobotanical records
Box 13 Folder 18
Europe trip notes, 1991
Box 13 Folder 19
Faunal collection info., 1981
Box 13 Folder 5
Field correction list from Dibose, 1993
Box 13 Folder 5
Field data - Flora of New Guinea [Essig Palm Collection and Hoover, reintegrated collection of 1970s.], 1970
Box 14 Folder 1-8
Field data - Herb labels, Flora of New Guinea, 1981-1992
Box 15 Folder 1
Figures and notes, undated
Box 15 Folder 2
Fox Brothers Diary, 1934-1935, includes correspondence, 1990-1991
Box 15 Folder 3-4
The Frieda/Nena Copper and Gold Mine
Box 15 Folder 5
Gibbs/Simmons - 1944 Glider Landing at Ifitaman photos, 1944
Box 15 Folder 6
GIS data planes notes
Box 15 Folder 7-8
Ground truth data forms used in data collecting
Box 15 Folder 9
Hagen-Sepik Patrol attack, undated
Box 15 Folder 10
Healey plant list from Telefol dictionary, ca. 1994
Box 26 Folder 1-2
Index cards of scientific and vernacular names of Papua New Guinea flora and fauna
Box 15 Folder 11
Ifitaman glider landing notes, 1989-1990
Box 15 Folder 12
"Lost tribes" materials, 1993
Box 15 Folder 13
Materials from the Lowrie and Kroeber Collections, UC Berkeley, Letters from R. Thurwald, photocopies, ca. 1920-1949
Box 16 Folder 1
The Mek and their Neighbours, notes on conference
Box 16 Folder 2
Mianmin [Miyanmin] Dictionary (Smith/Weston)
Box 16 Folder 3
Mianmin Murders - Sepik District report, copy, 1957
Box 16 Folder 4
Mianmin [Miyanmin] language notes and references
Box 16 Folder 5
Mianmin name logs - New Guinea village births and deaths

George Morren's recording of names, births, and deaths of Miyanmin people he studied as a graduate student (subject of his dissertation).

Box 16 Folder 6
Michael Bird expedition, 1993-1995
Box 16 Folder 7
Miscellaneous lecture announcement, notes, ca. 1989
Box 16 Folder 8
Miyanten/Onto language putative word lists
Box 16 Folder 9
Monal transect list and tree study, 1993
Box 16 Folder 10
Morren notes on New Guinea, 16
Box 16 Folder 11
Mountain Ok bibliography, 1992
Box 16 Folder 12
Moylan-Oksapmin/Bimin - Ethnobotanical terms
Box 17 Folder 1
Notes - "The Last Frontiers" by James Sinclair, undated
Box 17 Folder 2
Notes - B. Jones dissertation Faiwol village
Box 17 Folder 3
Notes - Remote Sensing Lab
Box 17 Folder 4
Official Geographic Report by the Kaiserin-Augusta River and its Basin, Expedition 1912-1913 on the Island of New Guinea by Walter Behrmann, photocopy of report, 1917
Box 17 Folder 5
Oksapmin dictionary, undated
Box 17 Folder 6
Panorama von Maanderberg, copies of ethnological documents from the department and museum of anthropology
Box 17 Folder 7
Partial list of terrestrial vertebrates and Miyanmin terminal taxa
Box 17 Folder 8
Papua New Guinea trip notes and itinerary, 1993
Box 17 Folder 9
Permit to enter the Territory of Papua New Guinea, 1968
Box 17 Folder 10
Plant and animal vernacular name survey
Box 17 Folder 11
Plant database collection, undated
Box 17 Folder 12
Plant family, genus and species list
Box 17 Folder 13-14
Plants of the Miyanmin
Box 18 Folder 1
Plot selection sheets, research notes, undated
Box 18 Folder 2
Provincial Data System Rural Community Register, West Sepik
Box 18 Folder 3
Report on the Telefomin Murders of the Sixth of November 1953
Box 18 Folder 4
"Rules" and attributes, list of contrasts
Box 18 Folder 5
Special glider mission information, 1992-1993
Box 18 Folder 6
Special Patrol Hagen to Ifitamin, 1990 June 6
Box 18 Folder 7
Stuart Campbell diaries, 1936
Box 18 Folder 8
Survey - Mountain Ok Human Ecology Survey, undated
Box 18 Folder 9
Telefomin dictionary by Healey and Steinkraus, Morren copy
Box 18 Folder 10
A Tentative List of Frogs Present in the East Mianmin Area with Folk Taxa
Box 18 Folder 11
Terrain Study, notes on Sepik region
Box 18 Folder 12
Tifal/Busil Early Contract (Wheatcroft Hr), undated
Box 18 Folder 13-14
Transects - plots and notes, 1992-1993
Box 18 Folder 15-16
Trap/Line data, 1981 and undated
Box 18 Folder 17
Village tree survey
Box 18 Folder 18
Vocabulary notes, undated
Box 18 Folder 19-20
Waypoints/UTM's for DF [David Frodin], Telefomin/Ititamin, 1992 and undated
Box 18 Folder 21
Wopkaimin plants data entry records - "List of useful plants by Wopkaimin name"
Box 18 Folder 22
Writing program, ca. 1994

Subject/Topical Files

Box 19 Folder 1
Arrow poison research, notes and correspondence
Box 19 Folder 2
Cognitive behavior
Box 19 Folder 3
Conservation and environment in Papua New Guinea
Box 19 Folder 4-5
Craig, Barry - Research, and Report to the Wenner-Gren Foundation, 1968-1997
Box 19 Folder 6
Disturbance notes, undated
Box 19 Folder 7
Elsmore quest, 1990
Box 19 Folder 8
Flora and fauna research
Box 19 Folder 9
Gardner, Don, research
Box 19 Folder 10
German research on Papua New Guinea, 1980-1983
Box 19 Folder 11
Health and medicine in Papua New Guinea
Box 19 Folder 12
Hunting, cultivating and gardening
Box 20 Folder 1-2
Indigenous plants and animals in Papua New Guinea, undated
Box 20 Folder 3-4
Landsat Worldwide Reference System searches, background and research notes, undated
Box 20 Folder 5-6
Mammal collection and research, 1968-1989
Box 20 Folder 7
Min peoples
Box 20 Folder 8
Mining impact
Box 20 Folder 9
Mountain Ok research
Box 20 Folder 10
Native salt making/mining, 1965-1973
Box 20 Folder 11
New Guinea Singing Dog research, 1992
Box 21 Folder 1
Subsistence farming Papua New Guinea
Box 21 Folder 2
Taro research, undated
Box 21 Folder 3
Taxonomy and classification notes
Box 21 Folder 4
Thorson, Roger - Notes and correspondence, 1989-1993

Thorson's photograph album is included in the photograph series (Box 6, folders 4-5).

Box 21 Folder 5
Thurston, J. A. expedition research
Box 21 Folder 6
Tiesler, Frank research, 1970-1984
Box 21 Folder 7
Tubers and vernacular names, research
Box 21 Folder 8
Van Deusen (Hobart M.) research on mammals, 1957-1971
Box 21 Folder 9
Ward Williams, J. - Includes correspondence with Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, 1990
Box 21 Folder 10
Wheatcroft tidal (ethnographic terms and notes)
Box 21 Folder 11
Wild pig research, 1961-1978


Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) WRITINGS. Arranged in two subseries: A) Writings by Morren, and B) Writings by Others.

A) Writings by Morren: A selection of Morren's articles and papers, including his 1964 doctoral dissertation from Columbia University, as well as drafts and notes of Morren's significant scholarly articles and book chapters. Of note is "A Preliminary Vernacular Guide to the Vegetation of Northern Telefomin District, Papua New Guinea," by George E. B. Morren and David G. Frodin.

B) Writings by Others: A small selection of writings by key figures in the field of anthropology whose research relates to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Of note is a draft of Ancestral Treasures of Papua New Guinea "Samtin Bilong Tumbuna" by Barry Craig, Australian anthropologist and Curator of Anthropology at the Papua New Guinea National Museum & Art Gallery; Morren's research copies of Len Odger's diary and letters from 1942, and explorer RAAF Squadron Leader Michael James "Mick" Leahy's World War II letters regarding Ifitamin and Eunice Airstrip from 1944-1945. Also included are Morren's wife Janet Gardner's draft writing, reseach and notes for her articles on Papua New Guinea. Includes copies of Gardner's 1981 articles "Between Two Cultures" and "Papua New Guinea: A Nation Growing Up Fast."

Selected Writings by Morren

Box 21 Folder 12
Highland New Guinea Social Organization: An Explanation, 1964
Box 21 Folder 13
Lowries's Attitude Toward Economic Explanations, 1964
Box 21 Folder 14
The Old Woman of Kelaifoten, 1968
Box 21 Folder 15-17
Settlement Strategies and Hunting in a New Guinea Society, doctoral dissertation, ca. 1970
Box 22 Folder 1
A Small Footnote to the 'Big Walk': Environment and Change Among the Miyanmin of Papua New Guinea, 1977 May 13
Box 22 Folder 2
National and Local Development in Papua New Guinea: The View from Telefomin, 1982 March 20
Box 22 Folder 3
New Technology and Regional Studies in Human Ecology: A Papua New Guinea Example, ca. 1987-1990
Box 22 Folder 4
The Myth of Strategic War: An Anthropological Perspective on the Arms Race, 1987
Box 22 Folder 5
Whatever Happened to Boserup? The Use and Abuse of the Boserup Model in Studies of Cultural Evolution in the New Guinea Highlands, ca. 1988
Box 22 Folder 6
A Remote Sensing Investigation of Human Activity and Forest Disturbance: First Annual Project Report to the NSF, 1988-1993
Box 22 Folder 7
A List of Mammals Collected in the East Miyanmin Area, Telefomin District, Sandoun Province, Papua New Guinea, graduate paper draft, ca. 1989
Box 22 Folder 8
Why the Miyanmin are Growing More Kaukau: A Local Test of Some Evolutionary Models for Montane New Guinea, ca. 1989
Box 22 Folder 9
J. Ward Williams in Papua New Guinea, 1932-1937: A Newly Discovered Film - Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meeting, 1989-1992
Box 22 Folder 10
Miyanmin, A Summary, 1990
Box 22 Folder 11
Remote Sensing and Controlled Comparison: An Application to the Mountain Ok Region, Papua New Guinea, includes draft and research prospectus, 1990
Box 22 Folder 12
Foragers in New Guinea?: (Maybe) The Wrong Question, 1991
Box 22 Folder 13
New Approaches in Land Use Studies for Environmental Management in Papua New Guinea, ca. 1991
Box 22 Folder 14
Synthesis and Preliminary Action Plan. Conservation and Environment in Papua New Guinea: Establishing Priorities, 1991
Box 22 Folder 15
A Preliminary Vernacular Guide to the Vegetation of Northern Telefomin District, Papua New Guinea, by George E. B. Morren and David G. Frodin, 1992
Box 22 Folder 16
Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation Policy in Papua New Guinea, ca. 1993
Box 22 Folder 17
The Emergent Model of Cultural Evolution in Montane New Guinea, ca. 1997
Box 23 Folder 1
Human Mortality and Social and Environmental Transformations in the Hak Valley, 1998
Box 23 Folder 2
Miyanmin Taxonomy and the Food Quest: A Behavioral Approach to Linguistic Categories, undated
Box 23 Folder 3
Miyanmin: Past, Present and Future Indefinite, undated
Box 23 Folder 4
Mianmin Leaders and Distinction between Big Men & Great Men, rough draft, undated
Box 23 Folder 5
Chainsaw: A Role-Play Scenario on Tropical Deforestation for Large Audiences or Classes, undated
Box 23 Folder 6
The Frieda/Nena Copper and Gold Mine, writing chapter, undated
Box 23 Folder 7
The Cultural Context of Nena. Includes Dan Jorgdensen, George Morren and Rune Paulsen's Summary Reports, undated

Selected Writings by Others

Box 23 Folder 8
Bercovitch, Eytan - Ancestral Relations in the Altbalmin Border Area, 1993
Box 23 Folder 9
Craig, Barry - Ancestral Treasures of Papua New Guinea "Samtin Bilong Tumbuna", 1987
Box 23 Folder 10
Cuthbert, Richard - Beacon Ecology: The Sustainability of Huntin in Papua New Guinea, report, 2003
Box 23 Folder 11
Ehlers, Manfred, Edwards, Geoffrey et al. - Remote Sensing with Geographic Information Systems: A Necessary Evolution, ca. 1989
Box 23 Folder 12
Flannery, T. F. & Seri, L. - The Mammals of Southern West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 1990
Box 24 Folder 1-3
Gardner, Janet - Papua New Guinea draft writing, research and notes. Includes copy of Gardner's article, "Between Two Cultures", 1981
Oversize FB-565 Folder 3
Gardner, Janet - Article "Papua New Guinea: A Nation Growing Up Fast", 1981 July 5
Box 24 Folder 4
Hiepko, Paul and Schultze-Motel, Wolfram - Man, Culture and Environment in the Central Highlands of W. New Guinea, 1981
Box 24 Folder 5
Hide, R. L. - Seasonality and Chimbu Pig Husbandry, ca. 1979
Box 24 Folder 6
Leahy, Michael J., Squadron Leader, RAAF - Letters re: Ifitamin and Eunice Airstrip, 1944-1945
Box 24 Folder 7
Michel, Thomas - Articles and word list (Mek/Ok)
Box 24 Folder 8
Odger, Len - Diary and letters, copies, 1942
Box 24 Folder 9
Porter Poole, Fitz John - The Erosion of the Sacred Landscape: European Exploration and Cultural Ecology among the Bimin-Kuskusmin of Papua New Guinea; Between 'Classic' Highlands and 'Fringe' Highlands..., ca. 1982
Box 24 Folder 10
Reynders, J. J. - Shifting Cultivation in the Star Mountains Area, ca. 1962
Box 24 Folder 11
Snel, Mathilde - The Application of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems to Third World Conservation Efforts; A case study of Indonesia's Natural Resource Management, 1990 September
Box 24 Folder 12
Taylor, James L. - Journey through yesterday: a story about major James L. Taylor, 1944
Box 24 Folder 13
Weeks, Sheldon and University of Papua New Guinea - Malnutrition in Oksapmin, "Good Gardens Make Good Food"
Box 24 Folder 14
West, Paige - A comprehensive study of hunting in Papua New Guinea integrating Ecology and Anthropology in a GIS model for the formulation of socially sound scientific wildlife management plans, 2002 October
Box 24 Folder 15
Whitehead, Harriet - Naming Game with the Aid of Pictures in Papua New Guinea, (Seltaman fauna research), 1995


Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Primarily grant proposals and reports to agencies such as the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research conference and grant materials, and a small selection of records highlighting Morren's participation in professional anthropological organizations and committees. Absent are Morren's Rutgers University teaching files.

Box 25 Folder 1
Academic proposal - FASP leave [Cook College, Rutgers}, 1997
Box 25 Folder 2
Biodiversity Committee, Rutgers, ca. 1980
Box 25 Folder 3
Kew Gardens visit and determinations, 1993
Box 25 Folder 4
Morris Museum - The People of Northern Papua New Guinea: From the Research and Collection of Dr. George E. B. Morren, exhibit brochure, 2016
Box 25 Folder 5
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) application, 1991-1992
Box 25 Folder 6-8
National Science Foundation Grants (NSF)- Change in Papua New Guinea Tropical Forests; Remote Sensing Investigation, 1988-1996
Box 25 Folder 9
Rutgers University Research Council (RURC), grant application, 1990
Box 25 Folder 10
Sabbatical leave, 2001
Box 25 Folder 11
The National Archives research - Includes correspondence with Richard Smith, Cartographic and Architectural Branch, 1991
Box 25 Folder 12
Upper Sepik proposal, 1990
Box 25 Folder 13-14
Washington, D.C. trip notes, 1988-1991
Box 25 Folder 15
Wenner-Gren Grant - Restoration of Papua New Guinea Ethnographic Film, 1990-1991
Box 25 Folder 16
Wildlife Conservation International (WCI) Honolulu Conference, 1991