Jacobs, Melville, 1902-1971

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Author, anthropologist, folklorist and professor of anthropology and linguistics, University of Washington.

Melville Jacobs was born in New York City, July 3, 1902, where he attended public school and received his undergraduate degree from City College. He entered Columbia University in 1922, completing both a masters in history (1923) and a doctorate in anthropology (1931). He studied under the noted anthropologist, Franz Boas. In 1928, Jacobs was appointed an associate professor in anthropology at the University of Washington. With the exception of some visiting appointments later in his life, he taught at the university until his death in 1971. One of Jacobs's major contributions to the profession was his lifelong work documenting and preserving Native American languages of the Pacific Northwest. A Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, Jacobs also served as the editor of the American Anthropologist (1939-1944), as president of the American Folklore Society (1963, 1964) and as delegate from that society to the American Council of Learned Societies from 1966 to 1968.

From the guide to the Melville Jacobs papers, 1918-1974, 1941-1971, (University of Washington Libraries Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society [ACLS Collection], 1853, 1882-1959 American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Thompson, S. mss., 1911-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn American Council of Learned Societies correspondence, 1926-1927, 1926-1927 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Jacobs, Melville, 1902-1971. Conkling, Garfield and patronage, 1880-1881. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society, 1882-1958 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Jacobs, Melville, 1902-1971. Element list for Northwest Coast (culture): Kalapuya (Santiam and Tualatin): typescript, [ca.1930]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Ethnological documents of the Department and Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1875-1958 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Melville Jacobs papers, 1918-1974, 1941-1971 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Dell H. Hymes Papers, 1947-1992 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Richard A. Pelto papers, 1969 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Council of Learned Societies. corporateBody
associatedWith American Council of Learned Societies. Committee on Native American Languages. corporateBody
associatedWith Armstrong, E. C., (Edward Cooke), 1871-1944 person
associatedWith Bloomfield, Leonard, 1887-1949 person
associatedWith Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 person
associatedWith Bryan, R. W., (Ronald W.) person
associatedWith Cattell, James McKeen, 1860-1944 person
associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
associatedWith Haskins, Charles Homer, 1870-1937 person
associatedWith Hewitt, Joseph William, 1875-1938 person
associatedWith Hymes, Dell H. person
associatedWith Keat, Roland G. person
associatedWith Kroeber, A. L., (Alfred Louis), 1876-1960 person
associatedWith Leland, Waldo Gifford, 1879-1966 person
associatedWith Lester, Robert M., (Robert MacDonald), 1889-1969 person
associatedWith Morice, A. G., (Adrien Gabriel), 1859-1938 person
associatedWith Oldfather, William Abbott, 1880-1945 person
associatedWith Pelto, Richard A. person
associatedWith Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology corporateBody
associatedWith Reichard, Gladys Amanda, 1893-1955 person
associatedWith Sapir, Edward, 1884-1939 person
associatedWith Sturtevant, Edgar H., (Edgar Howard), 1875-1952 person
associatedWith Swanton, John Reed, 1873-1958 person
correspondedWith Thompson, Stith, 1885- person
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Anthropology corporateBody
associatedWith University of Washington. University Archives corporateBody
associatedWith Willcox, Walter Francis, 1861-1964 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Anthropology
Colleges and Universities
Native Americans
Kalapuya Indians
Language and languages
Indians of North America
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Birth 1902-07-03

Death 1971-07-31

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