Morton H. Fried papers, 1945-1996, bulk 1961-1986

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:
10207756 View CLIO record
Fried, Morton H. (Morton Herbert), 1923-1986
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Physical Description:
11 Linear Feet (11 archival boxes, 6 storage containers, and some unboxed materials)
English .

This collection is located off-site.

Collection is closed until processed.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available online / available onsite via DLC.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of published works and writings, including drafts, articles and reprints, drafts for "Halls of the Ancestors", field notes and research, lectures, papers presented and miscellaneous reports as well as correspondence and reports from his travels.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located off-site.

Collection is closed until processed.

Some unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available online / available onsite via DLC.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The C.V. Starr East Asian Library maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Morton H. Fried papers; Box and Folder; C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Morton Fried Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library


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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, C. V. Starr East Asian Library

Biographical / Historical

Morton Herbert Fried was born in Bronx, New York, 1923. He studied at the Townsend Harris High School and City College. He obtained his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1951 and he later became the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Columbia, specialized in anthropology of China, from 1950-1986. During the late 1940s, he studied in China and later published The Fabric of Chinese Society (1953). Dr. Fried also directed the Fulbright summer seminar in Chinese history and culture from 1966 to 1967. In 1977 and 1981, Fried was invited to assist in the restoration of anthropological studies at the invitation of the Chinese Government after the Cultural Revolution. Other works written by Dr. Fried include The Notion of Tribe (1975), The Evolution of Political Society (1967), Explorations in anthropology (1973), Readings in anthropology (1968), and with his wife, Martha Nemes Fried, Transitions: Four Rituals in Eight Cultures (1980). In 1986, he died in Leonia, New Jersey, at the age of 63.

Subject Headings

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Articles CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Correspondence CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Drafts (documents) CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Field notes CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Lectures CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Notebooks CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Photographs CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Reports CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Department of Anthropology CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
China -- Civilization -- 20th century CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
China -- Description and travel CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Anthropology CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Anthropology -- Study and teaching CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ethnology -- China CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Ethnology -- Study and teaching CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Language and culture -- China CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID
Political anthropology CLIO Catalog ArchiveGRID