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Guide to the Stanley Diamond papers, circa 1934-1991

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Diamond, Stanley, 1922-


Stanley Diamond papers, circa 1934-1991 , (Bulk, 1961-1988)


11.8 linear ft: 12 boxes

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Stanley Diamond (1922-1991) was an anthropologist and poet instrumental in establishing the Anthropology Department of the New School for Social Research. He chaired the department for fourteen years, during which time he founded and edited the journal Dialectical Anthropology. These papers document Diamond's writings and research, as well as his role as teacher and administrator at the New School for Social Research and elsewhere, and material related to his participation in conferences and public seminars. Includes drafts of journal articles and presentations, enthnographic research data and notes, teaching materials, and correspondence with colleagues and publishers. Materials span the entirety of Diamond's career, from his doctoral dissertation on the Kingdom of Dahomey to his later interest in the intersection of anthropology and poetry. Some files are restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Stanley Diamond papers, NA.0007.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

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Biographical Note

Stanley Diamond (1922-1991) was born in New York City into an intellectual and progressive Jewish family; his paternal grandfather was a founder of Yiddish theater. Diamond attended the University of North Carolina for two years, completing his undergraduate degree at New York University in 1942 with majors in philosophy and English. After serving in North Africa during World War II, Diamond entered graduate school at Columbia University, earning a PhD in anthropology in 1951. From there he went on to conduct fieldwork in Israel on a kibbutz and a Palestinian village as an area research fellow for the Social Science Research Council (1951-1953). He lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles (1953), Columbia University (1954-1956 summer sessions), and Brandeis University (1956-1959). In 1963 he joined the faculty at Syracuse University and returned to Columbia as senior lecturer from 1966-1969. Major research projects included the Ford Foundation-sponsored Cultural Regularities Project in Nigeria (1958-1959), the Seneca Nation of Indians project (summer 1962), and the United States Office of Education Research Development "Culture of Schools" project (1964-1967).

Diamond began lecturing at the New School Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science in 1966. In 1970, he played a key role in the division of the Anthropology and Sociology into separate departments, and became chair of the Committee on Anthropology, an interdisciplary program of study. He remained in this position for the next fourteen years, shaping the department's curriculum, faculty and mission. During his tenure, he was involved in the New York State evaluation of the doctoral program and reorganization of the social science departments. During this time he also held visiting professorships at Columbia University, the Free University of Berlin, and Bard College, lectured at more than thirty other institutions of higher learning, and organized and presented at many conferences.

In 1975, Diamond founded Dialectical Anthropology, editing the Marxist peer-reviewed academic journal from then until his death. He was also involved in editorial work or oversight of the publications,  Africa Today,  Alcheringa (a journal of Native American tribal literature and poetry), and  Social Research (the flagship journal of the New School).

Diamond's best-known book in the field of anthropology is In Search of the Primitive: A Critique of Civilization. Diamond was also a poet. In addition to two books of poetry,  Totems and  Going West, he promoted other anthropologists who were poets. At the New School, he created and occupied the position of University Poet after concluding his work as chair of the Anthropology Department.

Stanley Diamond died of liver cancer at the age of 69 in New York City on March 31, 1991.


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Scope and Contents note

Stanley Diamond's papers document his work as scholar, author, researcher, teacher, editor, poet and university administrator. Materials include ethnographic fieldwork, syllabi and lecture notes, conference materials, typescripts and offprints of writings authored by Diamond, as well as by colleagues, as well as his work as founder and editor of the journal, Dialectical Anthropology. Correspondence in the collection represents Diamond's deep engagement with an international circle of colleagues. The papers also document Diamond's activities as a progressive intellectual and activist for indigenous rights and nuclear disarmament, and his work promoting anthropologists who, like himself, were poets.

The collection is organized into nine series:

Series I. Biographical and personal, consists of just a few files relating to Diamond's life outside of his professional and academic pursuits. Other personal correspondence may be found in Series III. Correspondence and subject files.

Series II. Conferences and public seminars, includes Diamond's correspondence with conference organizers pertaining to his participation as organizer and presenter, as well as invitations, schedules, programs, and other printed material.

Series III. Correspondence and subject files, is primarily comprised of communications with colleagues, academic associates, professional organizations, journal editors and publishers. Files sometimes include manuscripts by colleagues--these will also be found in Series IX Writings by others,

Series IV. New School for Social Research, includes materials relating to Diamond's administrative role as chair of the New School Anthropology Department, 1971-1985, and his involvement with issues related to the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, more generally.

Series V. Poetry book project and related activities, primarily documents Diamond's efforts to publish an anthology of poetry by himself and anthropologist colleagues.

Series VI. Research, consists predominantly of material collected and created in connection with Diamond's research on Africa--in particular Nigeria and Biafra--as well as work on the Seneca Nation of Indians in the Allegany Indian Territories, and on kibbutzim and residents of a neighboring Arab town in Israel.

Series VII. Teaching, consists of material Diamond generated in preparation for his classes, spanning almost the entirety of his teaching career, including courses at the New School, Syracuse University, and Bard College.

Series VIII. Writings by Diamond, presents a range of Diamond's writings, from his dissertation on the African Kingdom of Dahomey to his late work on poetry and anthropology, as well as his own poetry. Included are typescript drafts, many with handwritten revisions and comments, as well as correspondence, contracts, and memoranda regarding the publication of articles, monographs, conference proceedings, and edited anthologies.

Series IX. Writings by others, consists largely of materials from the 1970s and 1980s amassed during Diamond's tenure as editer of Dialectical Anthropology, with mansucripts, revisions and final drafts of papers published by the journal, as well as correspondence with authors.


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Organization and Arrangement

Series are arranged alphabetically by subject:

  1. Biographical and personal, 1969-1991
  2. Conferences and public seminars, 1960s-1983
  3. Correspondence and subject files, 1960-1990
  4. New School for Social Research, 1960s-1989
  5. Poetry book project and related activities, 1950s-1991
  6. Research, 1934-1987
  7. Teaching, 1946-1988
  8. Writings by Diamond, 1951-1990
  9. Writings by others, 1961-1988

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Institutional Collections - April 10, 2017

66 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Stanley Diamond papers, NA.0007.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, NY.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use, excepting material restricted due to internal policies set for confidential records. Files with faculty or other personnel salary, performance reviews, grievance or hiring information are restricted for 50 years from creation date of item (or last creation date in file). Records reporting research on human subjects are restricted for 120 years after person's known or estimated birth. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for further information.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the New School's Raymond Fogelman Library to the New School Archives and Special Collections soon after the Archives was established in 2012.

Processing Information note

All material from a separate group of files relating to the journal Dialectical Anthropology have been incorporated into this collection.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Biafra.
  • New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997). Graduate Faculty.
  • Seneca Nation of New York.


  • Administrative records.
  • Bibliographies.
  • Correspondence.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Manuscripts.
  • Syllabi.
  • Typescripts.

Personal Name(s)

  • Austill, Allen
  • Fanton, Jonathan F., 1943-
  • Katznelson, Ira
  • Radin, Paul, 1883-1959
  • Snyder, Gary, 1930-
  • Ward, F. Champion, 1910-2007


  • Anthropology
  • Area studies
  • Ethnology.
  • Fieldwork
  • Graduate students.
  • Kibbutzim. Social aspects.
  • Marxist anthropology
  • Poetry.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.
  • Universities and colleges -- Departments.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Stanley Diamond papers, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NA000701

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Biographical and personal 1969-1991 

This small series contains items relating to Diamond's biography and personal life, including curricula vitae, correspondence, architectural plans for his home in Seillans, France, and the program from Diamond's memorial service.

Box Folder
Architectural plans for "Vieux Chateau" Seillans, 1975 
11 1
Correspondence, 1979, 1980, 1985, undated 
1 1
Curriculum vitae, 1970s and 1980s 
1 2
Memorial program, 1991 
1 3
Poetry scrap and thoughts on anthropology, 1969, undated 

Includes a letter to Diamond from a host in London, a scrap of poetry, and general notes on the field of anthropology.

11 19

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Series II. Conferences and public seminars 1960s-1983 

Consists of programs, reports, correspondence, notes, academic papers and other materials documenting conferences, lectures and other public events -- proposed or realized -- in which Diamond took part. Also includes application materials for grants Diamond received for conferences from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Material related to poetry conference files will be found in Series V. Some transcripts of presentations made by Diamond will be found in Series VIII. Files are arranged alphabetically by event title or subject.

Box Folder
"Age and Anthropological Theory" workshop (National Institute on Aging), 1980-1981 
1 4
Art Criticism/Social Criticism symposium (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), 1981 

Contains typescript of Diamond's presentation and correspondence relating to the conference.

1 5
Conference on the Comparative, Historical and Critical Analysis of Bureaucracy, 1981-1983 

Contains correspondence, publicity and academic papers related to Diamond’s role as chair of the Steering Committee for the First International Conference on the Comparative, Historical and Critical Analysis of Bureaucracy, held in Zurich, Switzerland (October 4-9, 1982), as well as materials from the second conference in 1983.

1 6-13
Dialectical Anthropology session (American Anthropological Association conference), 1975, 1977 
1 14
"History of Ethnological Theory" lecture, 1977 
1 15
Jastrow, Robert. Disciplinary specialization, talk on, after 1981 
1 16
Marxism and Anthropology conference participant list, 1960s or 1970s 
1 17
Marxism and Primitive Society conference, 1972-1973 
1 18-19
"Marxist Approaches to Archaeological Research II," circa 1974 
1 20
Medical anthropology talk, 1976 
11 2
Morality as a Problem of the Social Sciences conference participant list (University of California, Berkeley), 1979 
1 21
Wenner-Gren Conference on World Affairs, 1963 
1 22
Wenner-Gren Conference on Nature and Function of Anthropological Traditions, 1967-1973 
1 23-24

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Series III. Correspondence and subject files 1960-1990 

Correspondence in this series is mostly incoming to Diamond from anthropologists, political and academic organizations, publishers, friends and family, and represents his activities as lecturer, researcher, author, editor and activist. After a small group of general files, the series is arranged alphabetically. Many files here include writings by Diamond and others. Files predominantly consisting of manuscripts will be found in Series VIII. Writings by Diamond and Series VIX. Writings by others.

Box Folder
General, 1962-1989 
1 25-27
Achebe, Chinua, 1988, 1990 
1 28
Basic Books, 1963-1965 
1 29
Current Anthropology journal, 1962-1965 
2 1
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Socialism entry, 1985-1987 
2 2
Encyclopedia of Religion: Paul Radin article, 1983-1985 

See also Paul Radin file in Series VIX.

2 3
Fastwolf, Oh Shinnah, 1982-1985 
2 4
Free Palestine newsletter, 1971 
2 5
Grant proposals and reports: Students and others, 1962-1987 

Primarily regarding Diamond's review and supervision of grants for the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

2 6
Grant proposals and reports: Stanley Diamond, 1964-1985 
2 7
Hill, Brian, 1986-1988 
2 8
Laboratory for Socio-environmental Studies, 1960-1961 
2 12
Mouton Publishers, 1973-1980 

Contains correspondence, contracts, and a photograph of Diamond relating to his ongoing publishing relationship with Mouton. Includes a typescript draft of an unidentified manuscript by Diamond.

2 13
Mundial Upheaval Society minutes, 1950, 1984 
2 14
Nelson, Benjamin N. tribute, probably 1977 

Written by Diamond and Arthur J. Vidich.

2 15
New York Marxist School at the Brecht Forum, 1987 
2 16
Newsletter for Dialectical Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1975 Nov 
2 17
Reviews of Diamond's work, 1960-1985 
1 30
Syracuse University, 1964-1966 

Consists of manuscript drafts by Syracuse University faculty, including David E. Hunt, Robert H. Hardt of the Youth Development Center, and Paul Meadow, Donn V. Hart, and others on the topic of the management of change.

2 18-19
"Towards an Institute for Emancipatory Anthropology" (author unidentified), 1983 
2 20

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Series IV. New School for Social Research 1960s-1989 

Consisting of minutes, correspondence with deans, presidents, faculty and students, and reports, this series documents Diamond’s role as chair of the Anthropology Department in the New School's Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science. From the time Diamond established Anthropology as an independent department from Sociology in 1970, he conceived of the program as a "critical and transformational enterprise." The department's curricular structure, he wrote in 1983, was intentionally "creatively antithetical to the conventional definitions and uses of academic anthropology." Of note in this series are documents relating to the evaluation of the department as part of a larger accreditation review by New York State begun in 1978. Materials here also relate to Diamond’s employment, including an episode that led to his transition from chair to distinguished professor of anthropology and the humanities in 1983, in the Ira Katznelson file.

Box Folder
General, 1973-1987 
2 21-22
Austill, Allen, 1979-1981 
2 23
Everett, John and Jonathan Fanton, 1981-1988 
2 24
Group memoranda, 1970-1981 
2 25
Katznelson, Ira, 1983-1989 

Some of the items in this file were found in a folder titled, "Katznelson Affair." It is not clear whether this title was assigned by Diamond or by custodians of the files after they were transferred to the New School's Fogelman Social Sciences Library. The "affair" refers to a disagreement between Diamond and New School administration in 1983 that ultimately resulted in Diamond resigning his position as chair of Anthropology. Other items in the file relate to his role as editor of Dialectical Anthropology, tenure procedure, and Graduate Faculty governance.

2 26
Ward, F. Champion, 1980-1982 
2 27
Converging Themes in Literature, Culture, and Everyday Life symposium, 1980-1984 

A symposium at the New School supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Includes manuscript of an essay by Harold Bloom, "Transference, Taboo and Truth."

2 28
Dialectical Anthropology 

Documents Diamond's role as founder and editor of the Marxist, peer-reviewed academic journal, Dialectical Anthropology, established in 1975. Includes general correspondence, primarily between Diamond and other editors and contributors.

General, 1974-1989 
2 29-30
Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, 1974-1981 
11 3
Founding and early issues, 1972-1974 
2 31
Scholte, Bob, 1975-1981 

Hijman (Bob) Scholte (1902-1983) was the European review editor of Dialectical Anthropology. He was on faculty at the University of Amsterdam.

2 32
Eugene Lang College, 1987 
2 33
Executive Faculty committee, 1980-1987, undated 
2 34
Grievance, 1987 

This file is restricted. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for further information.

12 (restricted) 1
Institute for Critical Anthropology, 1983-1987 

The Institute for Critical Anthropology was established at the New School with a grant from the Menil Fund as a non-profit research center to fund publication of the journal, Dialectical Anthropology, and to advance the mission of "emancipatory anthropology," in which the field of anthropology would actively confront contemporary social and cultural problems, supporting research on ethnocide, genocide, and ethnogenesis. Includes founding and administrative materials, as well as several papers submitted by students in a 1985 essay contest.

2 35-37
Master's Degree in Urban Affairs proposal, 1981 
2 38
New School president search, 1980-1982 
2 39
Nuclear Crisis Teach-In, 1983-1984 
2 40
Anthropology Department, 1978-1979 

Includes internal and external reports on the department, as well as a letter from the New York State Education Department indicating that the doctoral program in Anthropology "meets quality standards and is to be commended for its fine intellectual management."

2 41
"On the Need for a Critical Faculty," 1980 

Transcript of dictation by New School economics professor, Edward J. Nell.

Operation Freehold project preliminary evaluation, 1960s or 1970s 

Contains typescript draft of a critique of students' stance as revolutionaries and of students' analysis of New School instructors, including Diamond and Albert Mayer.

3 1
"Philosophy Department: A Documentation," 1979 
3 2
"Planning for the Future: A draft report for discussion on the goals of the Department of Psychology and steps needed to achieve them," 1987 

Submitted by Jerome Bruner, Leon Festinger and Herbert Schlesinger.

3 3
Political Action Workshop memo, 1970 
3 4
Restructuring of Graduate Faculty reports, 1979 

Includes a report by the dean of the Graduate Faculty, Allen Austill, with a summary history of each of the departments of the Graduate Faculty, a succinct analysis of the general crisis, and a recommendation that the New School Board of Trustees and the president, as opposed to faculty members and student body, constitute the ultimate body to decide upon the requisite changes and plan for reconstituting the program.

3 5
Science Committee report, 1986 
3 6
"Toward Excellence: A Discussion Paper about the Graduate Faculty in the 1990s," 1987 Nov 
3 7
Social Research, 1981-1988 

Material relating to this long-running New School journal.

3 10

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Series V. Poetry book project and related activities 1950s-1991 

Contains documentation of Diamond’s interest, dating from the early 1980s, in the literary output of anthropologists, particularly poetry. Throughout this period, he attempted to organize and publish an anthology of poetry by anthropologists, although was never able to interest a publisher in the project. The bulk of files here were compiled in the course of that effort. Also includes manuscripts and correspondence with poets and poetry reviewers for Dialectical Anthropology. Files include published and unpublished manuscripts, critiques and reviews, with correspondence and work by Gary Snyder, Jerome Rothenberg, Paul Friedrich, and Nathaniel Tarn, among others, as well as Diamond's own poetry. Also found here is material pertaining to conferences organized by Diamond on the theme.

Box Folder


Box Folder
"Anthropology and Poetry" presentation (New York Academy of Sciences), 1987 
3 11
Anthropology and Poetry: Another Way of Looking at Reality conference, 1982 
3 12
AnthropoIogy: Theory and Practice and Anthropology, Poetics, and Poetry symposia (11th International Congress on Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences), 1981-1983 
3 13
Children's poetry reading, 1990-1991 
3 14
Correspondence, 1982-1987 
3 15
Ethnopoetry conference, after 1974 
11 4


Files, titled by poet, include correspondence, offprints and typescript drafts of work by the poets. Quite frequently files also include commentaries on the poet by others.

Box Folder
Unidentified, undated 
3 17
Notes on contributors, 1982-1986 
3 16
Benedict, Ruth, undated 
3 18
Brady, Ivan, 1982-1983 
3 19
Diamond, Stanley, 1980s 

Includes draft and final copy of Diamond's poetry book, Totem, as well as reviews and publicity, other poetry and an essay on Diamond's work by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

3 20
Eiseley, Loren, circa 1985 
3 21
Friedrich, Paul, 1982-1986 

Includes a series of poems by Friedrich, and a drafts of his essays.

3 22
Goggin, Julia, 1984 
3 23
Hawk, Mary Nell and the New Wilderness Foundation, 1977 
3 24
Hollis, James, circa 1984 
3 25
Hymes, Dell, circa 1982 

Includes correspondence and marked-up typescript draft of a review essay of Dell's poetry by Tony Stoneburner.

3 26
Leeds, Anthony, 1950s-1982 

Contains correspondence and typescript drafts of poems and a presentation given at the Poetry and Anthropology Conference.

3 27
Leiris, Michel, circa 1986 

Includes a draft of a review essay by Marie Diamond.

3 28
Liberman, Ken, 1978-1988 

Contains correspondence, offprints, photocopies, and chapbooks of Liberman's essays and poetry.

3 29
Perice, H.,1980, 1985 
3 30
Piñero-Gomez, Miguel Antonio, memorial, 1988 
3 31
Prattis, J. Ian, 1983-1986 
3 32
Rigby, Peter J., 1988 
3 33
Rose, Dan, 1983-1985, undated 
3 34
Rothenberg, Jerome, 1983 
3 35
Rubenstein, Carol, 1982 
3 36
Sapir, Edward, 1986, undated 
3 37
Schwerner, Armand, 1980s 
3 38
Snyder, Gary, circa 1985 

Contains typescript drafts of essays and poetry by Snyder, as well as essays about him. Also included are copies of printed books by Snyder with inscriptions to Diamond.

3 39
Tarn, Nathaniel, 1983-1986 
3 40
Tedlock, Dennis, circa 1985 
4 1

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Series VI. Research 1934-1987, undated 

This series represents Diamond's fieldwork and research on topics related to Africa, Israel and Palestine, and the Seneca Nation of Indians. Research on Africa focuses especially on Biafran and Nigerian affairs, with material in the form of manuscripts and gray literature, such as periodicals, pamphlets, government white papers, manifestos, conference proceedings, press releases and reports. Documentation of Diamond's fieldwork in the 1950s in the Arab town of Abu Ghosh and an Israeli kibbutz includes ethnographic study data in the form of handwritten memoirs, essays, drawings, and Rorschach and other psychological tests of subjects, as well as field notes by the researchers. Items identifying test subjects and participants by full name have been restricted. Diamond's fieldwork with the Seneca Nation of Indians was conducted in the summer of 1962. The work centered upon recording the Seneca point-of-view on the construction of the Kinzua Dam in Upstate New York. This material includes ethnographic field data in the form of questionnaire responses and interviews, along with health statistics and published material. Files containing information identifying research participants are restricted for research. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for further information.

Box Folder
Box Folder

Unidentified projects, 1961-1978 

Includes correspondence, clippings and articles from Diamond's files labeled, “Book Project." Given the range of subject matter and dates represented here, it is likely that these materials relate to more than one project.

4 2

Africa, 1960-1987, undated 

Box Folder
General, 1960-1986 

Contains typescript papers, photocopies, pamphlets, manifestoes, and other printed material pertaining to Diamond's research on Africa. These materials may have been compiled as part of his study of the Biafran War, or for other Africa-related projects.

Offprints, photocopies and clippings, 1960-1986 
4 3-5
Pamphlets and reports 

Monographs and lone issues of periodicals are included in the general folders; when two or more issues exist, the periodical is listed by title.

General, 1966-1980 
4 6-7
Africa information bulletins, 1963-1964 
4 8-11
Africa Reports, 1968-1969 
4 12
Africa Today, 1965-1981 
4 13
Afro Scholar: Working Papers, 1982 Mar 
4 14
Algiers news bulletin, 1969 
4 15
Nigeria Crisis, 1966 
4 16
Biafra, 1960-1987, undated 

Contains typescript papers, photocopies, pamphlets, manifestoes, and other printed material pertaining to Diamond's research on the Biafra-Nigeria Conflict. Also includes manuscripts by Diamond and other authors, documenting Diamond's involvement as a concerned scholar and authority, if not activist, in Biafra and Nigerian affairs.

Book contract, 1968 
11 5
Correspondence and notes, 1965-1973 
11 6
4 17
Manuscripts by others 
Unidentified, undated 
4 18
Bogdan, Robert, 1965 
4 19
Chioke, Christopher, undated 
4 20
Dike, Azuka Anthony, undated 
4 21
Ikejiani, Okechukwu, 1971 
4 22
Jell-Bahlsen, Sabine, 1987 
4 23
Keil, Charles, undated 
4 24
Kenyatta, Charles, 1970 
4 25
Nwafor, Azinna, 1970 
4 26
Strah, Michael S., 1970-1984 
4 27
Offprints, photocopies and clippings, 1961-1971 
4 28-29
5 1-8
Pamphlets and reports 

Also includes manuscripts by others.

General, 1967-1970 

Arranged chronologically.

11 7-8
5 9-18
American Committee on Africa, 1968 
5 19
American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive, 1966-1970 
11 9
Biafra Forum, 1970 
11 10
Biafra Lifeline, 1968-1969 
11 11
Clearing House Weekly News Bulletin, 1969 
11 12
Current News from and about Biafra, 1969-1970 
11 13
Department of State press releases, 1969-1970 
5 20
First International Confrence on Biafra, 1968 Dec 7-8 
5 21
International Conscience in Action bulletin, 1970-1971 
5 22
News from Biafra, 1968-1971 
5 23
6 1-3
"The Nigeria-Biafra Conflict": Papers submitted to the O.A.U. Consultative Committee, 1968 Aug 
11 14
6 4
Perspectives: Biafra: An International Conference sponsored by Operation Outrage Incorporated, 1969 Jan 11 
6 5
Quaker Service-Nigeria, 1970 
6 6
West Africa, 1966-1968 
11 15
Poetry and creative writing, 1969-1971 
6 7
Writings by Diamond, 1960-1980 
6 8-9

Allegany Indian Territories: Seneca Nation of Indians studies, 1956-1972 

Box Folder
Annual Report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Indian Affairs, 1959-1962 
6 10
Census data, 1961 
12 (restricted) 2
Folklore and rituals, 1967 
6 11
Health statistics, 1962 

File is open to researchers. All personally identifiable information has been permanently redacted.

6 12
Interviews with Indians, possibly 1962 
12 (restricted) 3
Kinzua Dam Project, 1962-1964 
6 13
Legislative reports and drafts, 1959-1964 
6 14
Pamphlets and reports, 1956-1972 
6 15
Questionnaire responses, 1962 
12 (restricted) 4

Kibbutz and related studies, 1934-1961 

Contains manuscript draft reports by Diamond and his research assistants and colleagues in Abu Ghosh and on kibbutzim. This research resulted in Diamond's papers, “Kibbutz and Shtetl” (1957); “The Kibbutz: Utopia in Crisis”(1956); “Collective Child Rearing: The Kibbutz," as well as a contribution to The Family and Its Structure and Functions edited by Rose Lamb Coser (1957).

Box Folder
Abu Ghosh, circa 1959-1961 
6 16-17
Children's drawings, 1952 
6 18
Notes and transcripts, 1934-1958, undated 
11 16
6 19-23
Observations, statistics and questionnaire, 1935-1945 
6 24
Tests, 1953-1954 

Primarily Rorschach tests.

12 (restricted) 5-8
Writings by Diamond, 1956-1957 
11 17
6 25-26
Zionist News-Letter, 1949-1950 
7 1

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Series VII. Teaching 1946-1988, undated 

This series consists of material from Stanley Diamond's work as an instructor or lecturer of anthropology at the New School, Syracuse and Bard. The bulk of files consist of bibliographies, along with some course syllabi for anthropology courses taught by Diamond and others, arranged alphabetically by topic or course title. Syllabi represent courses taught at the New School Graduate Faculty and other institutions, such as Columbia University and the University of Rochester. Also includes handwritten lecture notes.

Box Folder

Course syllabi and bibliographies, 1946-1988 

Box Folder
General, 1964-1988 
7 2
African Cultures, 1963-1971 
7 3
Anthropology and Education, 1968-1977 
7 4
Culture and Personality, 1967-after 1976 
7 5
Education, 1946-1966 
11 18
Literature, 1975-1982 
7 6
Sociology of Knowledge, 1960s 
7 7
Box Folder

Lecture notes, undated 

Consists of undated notes, the bulk written on 5 x 8.5 inch index cards. The notes may represent university courses, seminars, or symposia.

7 8-18

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Series VIII. Writings by Diamond 1951-1990 

The bulk of this series consists of offprints, handwritten and typescript drafts of Diamond's essays, presentations, monographs, chapters and introductions to anthologies, as well as correspondence and contracts relating to their publication. See Series II for related conferences.

Box Folder
Anthropology: Ancestors and Heirs, 1980 

This volume began as a 1968 conference, "The Nature and Function of Anthropological Traditions," funded by Wenner-Gren. Diamond attempted to publish the proceedings in 1970, but the contract fell through. He eventually found a publisher with the University of Pennsylvania Press. A substantially revised version was reprinted in 1980 as Anthropology: Ancestors and Heirs. Included herein are materials relating to the initial conference in 1968, and correspondence concerning the failed publication in 1970 and subsequent publications.

7 19
"Anti-Kaplan: Defining the Marxist Tradition," 1975 
7 20
"The Beautiful and the Ugly are One Thing, The Sublime Another: A Reflection on Culture," 1987 
7 21
"Burokratie Als Schicksal" (Bureaucratization as a Fate), 1985 
7 22
"Cemetery Politics" editorial, 1985 
7 23
"Conversation: Diamond and Jacob Timerman," Dialectical Anthropology, 1983 
7 24
Culture of Schools Program final report and papers, 1966-1967 

Diamond was a lead researcher in a 1967 study of higher education, and drafted the final report. File includes the report as well as papers written by others on the project.

7 25-27
"Dahomey: A Proto-state in West Africa," 1951 

Annotated copies of Diamond's PhD dissertation, submitted to the anthropology department of Columbia University.

8 1
"Everything is as Old as the Hills," EAR Magazine East, undated 
8 2
"Evolution," 1970s 
11 20
"How Can I Put it Baby?," undated 
8 3
In Search of the Primitive, 1977 

Contains correspondence, reviews, a précis, and chapter drafts of Diamond's seminal book. Chapter drafts are photocopies and reproductions with annotatations and edits.

8 4-6
"In Search of Vico," 1977 
8 7
"The Integrity of the Personality: An Anthropological Perspective," undated 

Transcript of a talk given at Gettysburg.

8 8
"Jung Contra Freud: What It Means to be Funny," 1990 
8 9
"The Marxist Tradition as a Dialectical Anthropology," 1975 
8 10
"Primitive in Marx's Dialectic," undated 
8 11
"The Real Message of MM," circa 1987 

Annotated typescript constituting Diamond's reply to critics, primarily Norman Podhoretz, as well as photocopies of critiques.

8 12
"The Relevance of Traditional Medicine," 1976 

By Diamond and Harald Kristian (H.K.) Heggenhougen, this paper was presented at the Atlanta Symposium of the Albert Schweitzer Centenary, 1875-1975, Atlanta, Georgia, April 7, 1975.

8 13
"Revolution and Culture," 1988 
8 14
"The Rule of Law versus The Order of Custom," 1971 
11 21
"A Social Anthropologist Looks at Existential Psychiatry," 1968 

Presented as one of three talks, "Three Views of Existential Psychiatry," at the annual meeting of the American Ontoanalytic Association, Boston, Massachusetts, May 12, 1968.

8 15
"The State of Being Jewish," 1983 
8 16
"States of Terror," 1987 
8 17
"Subversive Art," 1982 
8 18
"Thinking, Feeling and Doing: the Work of Emil Oesterreicher," 1985 
8 19
"Times" essay, 1983 
8 20
"Toward a Definition of a Sacred Society," 1979 
11 22
"Tribal Society," A Dictionary of Marxist Thought, 1983 
8 21
"The Uneasy Alliance: Blacks and Jews," 1970s 
8 22
"Who Are the Victims?", 1980s 
8 23
Der Zivilisation by Gerd Spittler, 1979 

Book review by Stanley Diamond. Includes Spittler's reply.

8 24

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Series IX. Writings by others 1961-1988 

This series consists largely of work by contributors to Dialectical Anthropology. Materials include original manuscript drafts, many with handwritten edits and comments. Files sometimes also include correspondence, curricula vitae and notes. Files related to the journal that consist primarily of correspondence will be found in this collection with the files titled  Dialectical Anthropology. Files containing only unmarked or lightly marked galley proofs with no correspondence have not been retained as part of this collection.

Box Folder
Altshuler, Nathan, 1961 
8 25
Antin, David, 1977 
8 26
Ayoub, Elias K., undated 
8 27
Baber, Willie L., 1984 
8 28
Bauer, Janet, 1982 
8 29
Beck, Sam, 1981-1982 
8 30
Benello, C. George, 1976 
8 31
Black, Donald, 1979, 1982 
8 32
Block, Alan A., 1982 
8 33
Bloom, Harold, circa 1983 
8 34
Bodemann, Y.M., 1979, undated 
8 35
Bovenkerk, F., H. Tromp, and A.J.F. Köbben, 1976 
8 36
Boyarin, Jonathan, 1978 
8 37
Brady, Ivan, 1983-1988 
8 38
Brownstein, Barry, 1975 
8 39
Burguiere, A., 1977 
8 40
Burke, Kenneth, circa 1983 
8 41
Christopher, Robert, 1977 
8 42
Chametzky, Jules, 1982 
8 43
Cintrón-Ortiz, Rafael, 1971-1981 
8 44
Cohen, Marilyn, 1982 
8 45
Cooper, Eugene, 1977-1978 
8 46
Counihan, Carole M., 1981-1985 
8 47
Dailey, Mary T., 1976 
8 48
Defert, Daniel, 1982 
8 49
Diamond, Marie J., 1986 

A paper by Diamond's second wife, Marie Josephine, a professor of French literature.

8 50
Diener, Paul, undated 
8 51
Easton, N. Alexander, 1985 
8 52
Ekholm, Kajsa, undated 
8 53
El Hassan, Idris Salim, 1985 
8 54
Errington, Frederick and Deborah Gewertz, 1986-1988 
8 55
Fabian, Johannes, circa 1980 
8 56
Fals-Borda, Orlando, 1975 
8 57
Faris, James C., 1975 
8 58
Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn, 1981-1985 
8 59
Foley, Denis T., undated 
8 60
Fonseca, Claudia, 1984-1985 
8 61
Foster, Stephen William, 1975-1982 
8 62
Frederiksen, Svend, 1964 
8 63
Garfield, Jonathan, 1970 
8 64
Geiger, Theodore, 1962 
8 65
Gellner, Ernest, 1974-1975 

Includes commentaries on an article by Gellner.

8 66
Gilliam, Angela M., 1983-1984 
8 67
Gilliam[?], Harry, undated 
8 68
Gilman, Antonio, 1974 
8 69
Goldman, Irving, 1975 
8 70
Goodfriend, Douglas E., circa 1978 
8 71
Gordon, Robert J., 1981-1988 
9 1
Greenberg, Michael, 1975 
9 2
Gregory, Steven and Daniel Timerman, circa 1986 
9 3
Hopkins, Nicholas S., 1982-1983 
11 23
Johnson, Norris Brock, 1986-1988 
9 4
Jorgensen, Joseph G., 1977 
9 5
Kelley, Gordon, 1987 
9 6
Khalaf, Sulayman and Hassan Hammoud, 1987-1988 
9 7
Kiernan, V.G., 1976-1977 
9 8
Krader, Lawrence, undated 
9 9
Laor, Nathaniel, 1986 
9 10
Lawrence, Josh and Jim Haughton, undated 
9 11
Layton, Susan, 1973-1977 
9 12
Lerch, Oliver, 1964 
9 13
Leser, Paul, after 1972 
9 14
Levine, Stephen K., circa 1982 
9 15
Lewis, John, 1976 
9 16
Liberman, Kenneth, 1987 
9 17
Manfredi, Victor, 1982 
9 18
Manson, William C., 1982-1988 
9 19
Marshall, David S., 1976 
9 20
Mayer, Albert, 1961-1962 
9 21
Moseley, Katharine, 1983-1984 
9 22
Narr, Wolf-Dieter, 1980 
9 23
Ndeti, undated 
9 24
Nieto, Jose Antonio, after 1975 
9 25
Nonini, Donald M., 1981-1985 
9 26
Norbeck, Edward, undated 
9 27
Nugent, David, 1985, undated 
9 28
Oestereicher, Emil G., 1972-1976 
9 29
Owusu, Maxwell, after 1969 
9 30
Pascadi, Ion, 1977 
9 31
Patterson, Thomas C., 1987 
9 32
Powell, Jay, 1983 
9 33
Prattis, J. Iain, 1983-1984 
9 34
Preston, James J., 1983 
9 35
Rabinow, Paul, 1977, undated 
9 36-37
Radin, Paul, undated 

Consists of transcripts of interviews with formerly enslaved people relating to their religious conversion experiences. The interviews were collected in the book, God struck me dead : religious conversion experiences and autobiographies of ex-slaves, by Clifton H Johnson, originally published by Fisk University in 1941. Radin wrote the foreword. The book was reissued by Pilgrim Press in 1969 and, in 1972, as Volume XIX of  The American Slave by Greenwood Press. Included herein are original and photocopies of typescripts for this volume. It is not clear which edition the typescripts here are based upon. Diamond edited a book on Radin,  Culture in history: essays in honor of Paul Radin, Octagon Books, 1981.

9 38-43
Rejeb, Lotfi Ben, 1981-1982 
9 44
Robkin, Eugene and Paul Diener, 1978 
10 1
Rosaldo, Michelle Z., 1979-1982 
10 2
Rose, Dan, 1982 
10 3
Roseberry, William, 1979-1984 
10 4
Roseman, Ira, after 1979 
10 5
Rossi-Landi, Ferruccio, 1976 
10 6
Rothenburg, Diane, 1975 
10 7
Sayer, Derek and Philip Corrigan, 1983 
10 8
Scheffler, Ted L., undated 
10 9
Schefold, Bertram, 1983 
10 10
Schuhmacher, W.W., 1975-1976 
10 11
Shanin, Teodor, 1974, 1976 
10 12
Shokeid, Moshe, 1982-1983 
10 13
Simpson, Gary M., 1982 
10 14
Smith, Neil, 1986 
10 15
Steffenhagen, R.A., 1982-1984 
10 16
Taussig Michael, 1980, 1985 
10 17
Wellmer, Albrecht, 1976 
10 18
Welty, Gordon, 1976 
10 19
Worsley, Peter, 1983 
10 20

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