Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Elizabeth Colson: Anthropology & A Lifetime of Observation

Colson, Elizabeth
Riess, Suzanne
Elizabeth Colson: Anthropology & A Lifetime of Observation
Family and community, Minnesota; education, University of Minnesota, Radcliffe; influence of Ruth and Wilson Wallis, others, and work with life histories, Pomo Indians, Makah Indians, Poston War Relocation Camp; to Northern Rhodesia, 1946, Max Gluckman, Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, rain shrine work; Oxford and Manchester, anthropological perspective, British social anthropology; Gwembe Tonga and forced resettlement study beginning 1956: Thayer Scudder, life in the field, research methodology, notes, diaries, censuses, continuing migration and resettlement work; teaching at Boston University, Goucher College, Brandeis University; UC Berkeley's Department of Anthropology, professor since 1964: faculty, departmental groups, 1970 report on the status of women on campus, the Budget Committee, Editorial Committee; returns to Zambia, routines in Africa, in Berkeley, colleagues, honors, recent publications. Appendices include Interview for the Society of Woman Geographers, 1993; sample field notes, 1957, 1998; "The Father as Witch," 2000; histories of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, 1977; "Overview" of anthropology, 1989.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
2000 2001
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
Colson, Elizabeth. "Elizabeth Colson: Anthropology & A Lifetime of Observation." Interview by Suzanne Riess in 2000 and 2001. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2002.