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Drum Dance

Sound recording done by anthropologist Prof. Richard Lee while on a field trip among the !Kung San, bushmen of the Kalahari.

Educational Services Story of the Hunt

Sound recording done by anthropologist Prof. Richard Lee while on a field trip among the !Kung San, bushmen of the Kalahari. Text recorded at Dobe on Dec. 18 1964. Informant is Kuma.

Lee Radio Talk

Interview of Dr. Lee of Harvard and Dr.William Boyd of Boston University Medical Centre on "The Origins - the races of man".

Music from Bechuanaland

Sampling of music sent to Prof. Richard Lee. Includes Stinkane music form Lake Ngami, Suroro form Shorobe, two pieces from the Chopi Timbela orchestra P.E.A. and African noises.

Paul Coe at McMaster

Paul Coe then leader of the Australian aboriginal Black Panther Party speaks about the Australian government policy toward aborigines and his groups demands for change and compensation.

Political Struggle of Native Peoples

Partial sound recording of sessions of the Political Struggles of Native Peoples held in Toronto in Dec. 1972 following the meeting of the American Association of Anthropologist meeting.

Richard Lee fonds

  • UTA 1473
  • Fonds
  • 1959-2009, predominant 1963-1992

While Richard Lee’s career as anthropologist spans some 40 years, the records accessioned as B2007-0018 documents mainly his early career, particularly his research on the !Kung San bushmen in the Kalahari. Included are research records, field notes, correspondence, papers, manuscripts, photographs and sound recordings found in several series of records. As well, there is a fair amount of documentation on the Kalahari Research Group itself. This was a group of mainly American anthropologists, of which Richard Lee was an early member.

Prof. Lee’s publishing activities is documented only to a limited degree, again during his early career from 1963 to 1975 (Series 4). Of significance is the manuscript for his acclaimed The !Kung San: Men and Women and Work in a Foraging Society. For researchers interested in the history of anthropology as a profession both in Canada and the United States, there are several files on the American Anthropological Association (Series 5) and the activist group Anthropologists for Radical Political Action. Finally, his early teaching career at Harvard University, Rutgers University and the University of Toronto from 1972 to 1975 is documented in Series 6.

A further accession of records (B2012-0012), includes continuation material in the existing series. The addition of two series, includes his student notebooks from his own university education here at the University of Toronto and at University Berkley (Series 8) and grant proposals and related paperwork (Series 7).

Lee, Richard B.

Sound and Moving Images

Sound recordings and video document Prof. Lee’s research. Reel to reel tapes contain interviews, testimonies with !Kung San bushmen, talks given by Lee on this very topic, taped vocabulary lists of the !Kung San people’s language, native music from Botswana and one radio interview with Prof. Lee. Two videos document a discussion among women academics on the role of women in a hunter and gatherer society. Finally two tapes contain a partial recording of the symposium of Political Struggles of Native Peoples, organized by Prof. Lee in 1972.

[!Kung San bushman speaking]

Sound recording done by anthropologist Prof. Richard Lee while on a field trip among the !Kung San, bushmen of the Kalahari.