Call Number: Mss 255, Pc 218, Tc 216, Mf 28, Mc
21, El 7 (A.07-50)
Title: Joan B. Townsend fonds.
Extent: 25.2 m of textual records and other material.
Biographical sketch: Joan B. Townsend was born
in Dallas, Texas on July 9, 1933. She obtained an A.A. from Columbia
College in 1952. In 1959, she received a B.A. from U.C.L.A, followed
by her Ph.D in 1965. Townsend taught briefly at East Los Angeles
College from 1962 to 1963, followed by stints at Los Angeles State
College in 1963 and Southern Illinois University between 1963 and
1964. She began her career at the University of Manitoba in 1964
and in 1981 attained the rank of Professor. She is recognized as
a founding member of the Department of Anthropology and as one of
the initial creators of its graduate program. Townsend was actively
involved in field research beginning in 1958 with the recording
and excavation of various archaeological sites in Utah and southern
California. From 1960 to 1982, she conducted numerous archaeological
surveys and excavations in the Iliamna Lake region of Alaska, and
studied Tanaina Athapaskans and Aglegmiut Yupik Eskimos in the area.
She published numerous papers and articles in these areas and in
1970 produced the book, Kijik: An Historic Settlement.
In 1999, Townsend retired from the University of Manitoba and was
named Professor Emeritus in recognition of her accomplishments in
anthropological research and teaching. Upon retiring, Townsend continued
to conduct research on Shamanism among traditional practitioners
in Nepal, as well as ethno-medicine and non-allopathic healing.
Joan Townsend died on May 23, 2006.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to Archives
& Special Collections by Joan Townsend's daughter, Dr. Paula
Townsend, in 2007.
Scope and content: The fonds has been arranged
into 18 series. They include: biographical materials, academic career,
manuscripts and books, articles, book reviews, conference papers,
lecture notes and supplementary materials, student essays, organizations,
public lectures, grant proposals, correspondence, and academic research,
including artifacts. The fonds includes an extensive photograph
collection including 2243 slides, 144 photographs, and 1087 negatives.
The tape collection includes 280 audio cassettes, 13 mini-cassettes,
and 8 reel to reel tapes. The fonds also includes 26 reels of microfilm,
33 maps, and 52 computer diskettes.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access
to this fonds.
Finding aid: An on-line finding aid to this fonds is available
at the link below:
MSS 255, PC 218, TC
216, MF 28, MC 21, EL 7 (A07-50).