Demitri B. Shimkin Papers, 1935-1993
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Brief Description:

Demitri Boris Shimkin was a professor of Anthropology and Geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1960-1985). He completed his Bachelor's degree in Anthropology in 1936 and in 1939 received a Ph.D. in Anthropology, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Shimkin served in the U.S. Army on the War Department General Staff, the Military Intelligence Division (1941-1947) and he taught at the National War College, the Army War College and the Navy War College (1946-1947). Shimkin worked as a Research Associate at Harvard University's Russian Research Center (1948-1953). He also served as a Social Science Analyst to the U.S. Bureau of the Census (1953-1960). Professor Shimkin primarily researched diverse groups in Russia, Siberia, the Americas, and Africa. He served as an American Anthropological Association Representative for the National Research Council (1964-1967). Additionally, he was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer at Kemerovo State University (Soviet Union, 1984), and a Fellow for the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (1970-1971). After his retirement in 1985, he was a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UIUC.

Papers includes personal materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, speeches, course materials, student recommendations, manuscripts, research notes and proposals, reports, reprints, maps, photos, computer data tape, and audiotapes; his research and scholarly ties with the Soviet Union and Siberia; African-Americans, Native Americans (Shoshone); military service activities, including teaching and consulting for the U. S. Army War College, the National War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. The collection includes notes, papers and publications of Edith Shimkin, and Helen Tauby Shimkin. Also included is a guide to Demitri B. Shimkin papers at the University of Wyoming. The additional Holmes County Health Research Program materials from the March 2016 accession are restricted for use until.

Materials sent to the archives in 1990s were organized by subject and chronological or alphabetically thereunder. The final accession from March 2016 is organized into three series (boxes 33-44): Series 1, Personal Materials, 1937-2001, arranged chronologically with one undated item listed at the beginning of the series; Series 2, Research Materials, 1956-1992, organized into two groups: research materials, arranged alphabetically, and Holmes County Health Research Program, arranged by report cards, interview surveys, and statistical analysis printouts; and Series 3: Publications, 1938-1993, arranged chronologically with undated publications listed at the beginning of the series.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 15/2/26
Created by: Shimkin, Demitri Boris (1916-1992)
Volume: 40.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 5/10/1993; 10/24/97; 4/20/2006
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By subject and chronological or alphabetical thereunder.

The papers in the additional 2016 accession are arranged in the following three series:

Series 1: Personal Material: includes Professor Shimkin's curriculum vitae, honors and awards, photographs, VHS and cassette tapes, obituaries, retirement and memorial materials, and Demitri B. Shimkin Award student papers. The materials are arranged chronologically with one undated item listed at the beginning of the series.

Series 2: Research Material: contains (1) research materials including conference talks, slides and photographs, correspondence, rare publications, related audiovisual materials, arranged alphabetically; (2) restricted files related to the Holmes County Health Research Program (HCHRP). Among HCHRP materials are (a) hematology report cards, (b) individual interview survey files of Holmes Country residents listing age, sex, information about hypertension, medical care, and essential household information (including types of house, sanitation, water, rooms, heating, appliances, phones, or cars e.g.). Interview files are arranged by case number with unnumbered items listed at the end. (c) HCHRP statistical printouts from 1972-1974 including the codebook, arranged by individual runs. These items are restricted for use.

Series 3: Publications: includes books, book reviews, and journal articles authored and co-authored by Demetri Shimkin. The series is organized chronologically with undated publications listed at the beginning of the series.

Biographical Note for Shimkin, Demitri Boris (1916-1992) : DEMITRI SHIMKIN (1916-1992)
Subject Index
African Health Care
Alcohol Abuse
Army, United States
Canada - Religion and Sociology
Faculty Papers
Human Ecology
Indians of North America -- Music
International Biological Program
Mental Health
National Endowment for the Humanities
National War College
Naval War College
Public Health
Shoshoni Indians
Society for Applied Anthropology
Tanzania - Science and Technology
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Russian [rus]
Acquisition Notes: Elanor Shimkin