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Lucien and Jane Hanks fonds

1938-1957, predominant 1938-1941

Physical Description:
56 cm of textual records. -- 366 photographs. -- 2 audio cassettes. -- 5 film reels

Lucien Mason Hanks, Junior (nicknamed "June"), 1910-1989, was born in Wisconsin, USA. He obtained a PhD in psychology from Columbia University in 1936, and taught at the University of Illinois, 1937-1942. He subsequently specialized in Southeast Asia Studies, and worked for Bennington College, the Washington Office of Strategic Services, the US Education Foundation in Thailand, and the Cornell Centre in Bangkok. In late 1938 he married Jane Richardson. Jane Richardson, 1908-2014, was born in California, USA. She received a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1939. She too later specialized in Southeast Asia, and worked for Bennington College and Cornell University. The Hanks undertook a research project on the Blackfoot (Siksika) reserve in Southern Alberta during the summers of 1938, 1939 and 1941. In 1950 they published the results of their research in Tribe Under Trust : A Study of the Blackfoot Reserve of Alberta. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of field notes of Jane and Lucien Hanks, written during their ethnological research among the Siksika; photographs and films of Siksika people, events, ceremonies, the Blackfoot reserve, tipis, Gleichen, and Sun Dances; letters from friends on the reserve; and a sound recording of Jane Hanks describing many of the photographs.
THE FONDS CONTAINS INFORMATION PROVIDED BY AND ABOUT THESE INDIVIDUALS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: A Young Man, Mrs. Axe, Francis Black, Jim Black, Mrs. Black, June Black, Pete Black, Martin Breaker, Earl Calf Child, Norman Calf Child, Calf Flying, Ben Calf Robe, Tony Crane Bear, Crooked Meat Strings, George Crowchief, Joe Crowfoot, Albert Cutter, Drunken Chief, Jim Drunken Chief, Duck Chief, Mrs. Duck Chief, Gooderham, He Will Be Black, Heavy Shield, Hind Bull, Imitena, Kippie James, Jack Kipp, Little Back Bone, Little Light, Paul Little Walker, Mrs. Low Horn, Many Bears, Linden Many Bears, Many Guns (includes a winter count), Phillip Many Guns, Mrs. George Many Shots, Howard McMasters, Tom McMasters, Emil Medicine Traveller, Lawrence Night Chief, Old Bull, Cyril Old Woman, One Gun, Peanuts, Pitoxpikis, Ponoka, Pretty Young Man, Harry Red Gun, Buck Running Rabbit, Benedict Sitting Eagle, Sleigh, Spotted Eagle, Spumiapi, Storm Sun Shoe, Sun Calf, Mrs. Take Gun Himself, Matthew Tallow, Turned Up Nose, Olive Turning Robe, Water Chief, Mary White Elk, Joe White Fat, White-Headed Chief, Mrs. White Headed Chief, Paul Wolf Collar, Wolf Leg, Jack Wolf Leg, Gordon Yellow Fly and Teddy Yellow Fly.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Dr. Jane Richardson Hanks, 1996-1997.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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The Canadian Museum of Civilization holds other original Hanks papers. Glenbow holds photocopies of some of this material (M-8078). Library and Archives Canada holds the original films (F-172). Glenbow's copies are for reference only.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8458, M-8078, M-4387, PA-3385, F-172

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