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Dr. James Clifton Collection

Identifier: RH-A-2857

Scope and Contents

This collection is mainly composed of research material collected by Dr. James Clifton from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. Items include photocopies of newspaper articles, reference books, as well as drafts of Clifton's manuscripts, handwritten interview notes and several boxes of slides.

The work and papers in this collection have a ethnohistorical focus. Items pertain to Native Americans of the Great Lakes Region of Canada and the United States with a focus on Wyandot, Huron and Potawatomi peoples. A considerable portion of the collection is related to Chief Simon Pokagon.


  • Creation: 1960s - mid-1980s


Biographical / Historical

Dr. James Clifton (Jan 6, 1927-July 20, 2000) was a Scholar-in-Residence at Western Michigan University after his retirement 1990 until his death. Prior to that he was Assistant Dean and Frankenthal Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 1970-1990. He published seventeen books and nearly sixty professional and reference essays. He was consulted for numerous book reviews, was a consulting editor for the journal of Applied Behavioral Science, as well as a research consultant and expert witness for Native American rights cases.


6 Cubic Feet

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Physical Location

The collection can be found in the Manuscript Room between rows 22 and 23.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 6 cubic feet and is composed of photocopies of articles and scholarly research materials, slides, four books and two rolls of microfilm. Items range in size from 8 ½"x11" copies to 11 1/2"x14" photocopies, including several oversize sheets of photocopied material. Items are in good condition, with some of the slides showing some yellowing along the edges. Some of the larger photocopied material does not lie flat.

Dr. James Clifton Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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