Raymond T. Smith Papers

Institution: University of Chicago Library - Special Collections Research Center
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1504
Phone: 773-702-8705
Fax: 773-702-3728
Date: 1952-1991
Extent: 22 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Raymond T. Smith was born in 1925 and served in the Royal Air Force before finishing his studies in social anthropology at Pembroke College in Cambridge. He graduated with a PhD in anthropology in 1954 and then worked at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. It was there that he began his field research into economic and kinship studies in the West Indies and particularly British Guiana. Before settling in at the University of Chicago in 1966, Smith gained teaching experience at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Ghana, West Africa, and McGill University, Montreal. Smith retired from the University of Chicago in 1995. Smith's research interests include race, class, and class consciousness, gender, kinship, poverty, family life, social and political transformations, and social and cultural change among African and East Indian populations.

Scope and Content Note:
The collections consists of research conducted for Smith's USA and West Indies Kinship Project and consists largely of interviews and mapped genealogies of subjects in Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Chicago. Smith was assisted in his interviews by students and sometimes by subjects who became interviewers. The interviewer is identified when possible.

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