Roberts, Helen H. (Helen Heffron), 1888-1985

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Roberts (1888-1985) was an ethnomusicologist and a pioneer in ethnographic field documentation.

From the description of Helen Heffron Roberts collection, 1929-1949. (Museum of New Mexico Library). WorldCat record id: 37992655

Helen Heffron Roberts was a songwriter.

From the description of Songs, 1935-1955, of the Nootka Indians of Western Vancouver Island. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173466206

From the guide to the Songs, 1935-1955, of the Nootka Indians of Western Vancouver Island, 1935-1955, (American Philosophical Society)

Helen Heffron Roberts, ethnomusicologist, was born in Chicago on June 12, 1888. She studied at the Chicago Musical College (1907-1909) and the American Conservatory of Music (1910-1911). Roberts continued her studies at Columbia University from 1916 to 1919, and received an M.A. in 1919. After doing fieldwork in Jamaica (1920-1921), she worked in Hawaii (1923-1924), northern and southern California (1926-1928), and in the Rio Grande pueblos (1930). Roberts was an assistant (1924-1925) and a research assistant (1925-1936) in anthropology at Yale. She was founder and later secretary (1934-1937) of the American Society for Comparative Music. In 1936, when financial support for her work was discontinued, Roberts left her musical research, and later became a nationally known gardening specialist.

From the description of Helen Heffron Roberts papers, 1870-1982 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702169711

From the guide to the Helen Heffron Roberts papers, 1870-1982, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Role Title Holding Repository
Place Name Admin Code Country
Acoma (N.M.)
Southwest, New
Taos Pueblo (N.M.)
San Felipe (N.M.)
Santa Clara Pueblo (N.M.)
Tesuque Pueblo (N.M.)
San Ildefonso (N.M.)
Cochiti (N.M.)
New Mexico
Indians of North America--Languages
Nootka Indians--Music
Indian dance
Pueblo Indians--Music
Music, Primitive
Navajo Indians--Music
Apache Indians--Music
Indians of North America--Music
Hopi Indians--Music


Birth 1888

Death 1985


Navajo; Navaho,

North American Indian languages,

Apache languages



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