Collection MS-2-89 - Jerome H. Barkow collection

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Jerome H. Barkow collection

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  • Textual record
  • Textual record (microform)

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  • 1969 - 2008 (Creation)
    Barkow, Jerome H.
    Halifax (N.S.)

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Around 1.2 m of textual records (3 boxes). - 79 microform slides. - 1 cd : includes talks and lectures from different academic courses.

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Jerome H. Barkow is a sociocultural anthropologist at Dalhousie University. He received a BA in Psychology from Brooklyn College in 1964 and a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1970. Barkow was Professor of Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University for many years. He was also cross-appointed to the School of Social Work. He is currently appointed as Emiratus Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University and Honorary Professor at the Institute for Cognition and Culture, School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Barkow has conducted field research in Nova Scotia, West Africa, and Indonesia. His publications span a wide variety of topics and include the acclaimed book Darwin, Sex, and Status: Biological Approaches to Mind and Culture (1989). Barkow has also edited publications in the field of evolutionary psychology. In 1992, together with Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, Barkow edited the influential book The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. In 2006, he edited Missing the Revolution: Darwinism for Social Scientists.

Barkow served on the Committee on African Studies that formed at Dalhousie in 1969-1970 and organized panels for the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of African Studies held at Dalhousie University from February 27 to March 2, 1974.

Custodial history

Custodial history of collection began in 2008, when collection was first given an accession date. In 2009, the Archives had the collection appraised for fair market value, which they presumably paid to Jerome H. Barkow.

Scope and content

Collection contains original records, and reproductions or altered forms of materials created by Jerome H. Barkow. Items include course materials taught by Barkow, on subjects like anthropology. biology, and sociology; drafts of his published papers; scripts for his lectures and presentations; and miniaturized presentation slides.

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MS-2-89, Box 3, Folder 54, Item 1, the CD that stores Barkow's digitized talks and lectures has been removed from the collection for preservation purposes. Other than that, there are no access restrictions on these materials, all of which are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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November 6, 2008. Collection appraised January 8, 2009. Collection and item level descriptions created May-June, 2019.

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  • English

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