University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Anthony Leeds Collection, 1931-1971

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Leeds, Anthony, 1925-1989
Title: Leeds, Anthony, collection
Dates: 1931-1971
Abstract: Anthony Leeds was an anthropologist known for his work in Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Portugal. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1963 to 1972. The collection includes anthropological reports authored and collected by Leeds as well as reports submitted to Leeds while he was teaching at UT. Photographs and papers pertain to the Texas Rose Festival and anthropology and history of Texas.
Accession No.: 93-217
OCLC No.: 961271680
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Anthony Leeds was born on January 26, 1925 in Manhattan, New York. As a child he spent a few years in Vienna and Switzerland and a few years on a working farm in Clinton Corners, New York. He earned a BA degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1949 and wrote a dissertation entitled "Economic Cycles in Brazil: The Persistence of a Total-Cultural Pattern: Cacao and Other Cases," earning a PhD from Columbia in 1957.

Leeds taught at Hofstra University and City College in New York City, and served as chief of the Program of Urban Development at the Pan-American Union in Washington, D.C., before teaching at the University of Texas at Austin from 1963 to 1972. He then spent a year at the Latin American centers at Oxford University and the University of London before teaching at Boston University.

Best known for his work in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and on urban-rural relations in Brazil, Leeds also conducted field work among the Yaruro people in Venezuela, in the barriadas of Lima, Peru, and on labor migration in Portugal. He was one of the first presidents of the Society for Urban Anthropology; the Anthony Leeds Prize is awarded by the Society (now called the Society for Urban, National, Transnational and Global Anthropology).

Dr. Leeds was married to Jo Alice Lowrey, with whom he fathered three children, and to Elizabeth Plotkin, with whom he fathered two children. He died on February 20, 1989, in Tunbridge, Vermont.


Register to the Papers of Anthony Leeds, 1947-89, National Anthropological Archives

Wikipedia entry on Anthony Leeds, accessed October 18, 2016

Scope and Contents

The Anthony Leeds Collection, 1931-1971, is comprised of theses, reports, and papers written and collected by Leeds, as well as papers submitted to Leeds during his time teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. These papers concern anthropology and history of Austin and other cities in Texas. The collection also contains printed material and photographs pertaining to the Texas Rose Festivals in the 1940s, late 1960s, and early 1970s, as well as a letter from Sugiyama Iutaka, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology to Mr. M Dale Barker in 1965 and a tutorial on family studies from an exam for "Introduction to Social Science" with Dr. Leeds.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Leeds, Anthony, 1925-1989
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin. Institute of Latin American Studies
Social sciences.
Texas Rose Festival
Austin (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Odessa (Tex.)
Georgetown (Tex.)
Hempstead (Tex.)

Related Material

See also Register to the Papers of Anthony Leeds, 1947-89 at the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, in Suitland, Maryland.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Anthony Leeds Collection, 1931-1971, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Deborah Bloys, June 1993.

Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, October 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



CDL 2/J493 Theses, reports, papers:
"The Social Ecology of the Ranch in West Texas," by Mrs. Alma Lanham Thomas. University of Texas at Austin, Master of Arts thesis, June 1931
"A Report Demonstrating the Occult Effects of Confluence on the Stratification of Blacks in the Occupational Structures of San Antonio, Texas," by Gordon C. Johnson, Jr. Trinity University, San Antonio, for Professor Caroline Remy, Sociology, 1968
"An Approach to Ethnography in a Complex Society: Theoretical Considerations Arising from a Survey of Hempstead, Texas," a paper presented to Dr. Anthony Leeds in fulfillments of requirements of his seminar, Texas Ethnology, by Douglas Uzzell, University of Texas at Austin, 1969
"Power and Spinach," by Eleuterio Vasquez for Anthropology 379, Dr. Leeds, undated
"Communication of Values Concerning Family Among Low-Income Negroes in East Austin," by Glenda Daniel prepared for Dr. Anthony Leeds, Anthropology C.I.L., January 1967
"The Catholic Church and the Mexican-American in the Diocese of Corpus Christi: A Preliminary View," by Josephine Stiles, Anthropology of Texas, 1969
"The Influence of Land on Nationalism and National Character in Texas," by Leland Master, Anthropology of Texas, Dr. Leeds, 1971
"Clarksville: Leadership in a Threatened Ghetto, Preliminary Survey," by Douglas Uzzell
"Preliminary Observations Regarding Negro Marriage, Family and Kinship in East Austin," by Anthony Leeds, undated
"The Forgotten Egg," by Constance Swandler, director, Good Samaritan Center, San Antonio, Texas
"The Power Behind the Austin Civil Rights Ordinances, 1963-1965," by Patty Stephens, University of Texas, 1965
Texas Villages: Reports submitted by Peace Corps Trainees in the Technical Studies Portion of the Brazil Peace Corps Advance Training Program. University of Texas, International Office, June 19 - August 14, 1965
The 16 Million Dollar Veterans Land Board Scandal of Texas as Revealed by the Senate Investigating Committee with Excerpts from the Record of John Ben Shepperd's Testimomy, and Others. Odessa, Texas: John Aldridge Press, ca. 1955
"The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) and the Austin Lettuce Boycott Committee," by Amalia Rodriguez, Spring 1971
"Austin Research Reports," by Dr. Anthony Leeds, 1966-1967
"Field Project Proposal: The Texas Rose Festival," by Jan Johnson, for Dr. Kirshenblatt Gimblett, Anthropology 325K, October 13, 1970
San Antonio: West Side Story, Reports Submitted by Peace Corps Trainees in the Technical Studies Portion of the Brazil Peace Corps Advance Training Program. The University of Texas, International Office, June 19 - August 14, 1965
"The Power System of San Antonio: A Prolegomenon," presented to Graduate Anthropology Department, University of Texas, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Urban Anthropology, by Don E. Post, May 1971
"Bands: An Analysis of Nodal Organization in West Austin," by George Goss, Anthropology 379, May 31, 1967
A Census Tract Study of Protestant Churches in San Antonio, by Caroline Remy, Research Analyst, Greater San Antonio Church Development Group, February 1962
"Impact: Georgetown, Texas," by Rosemary Roark Sanders, Thesis for Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin, June 1968
Manuscript material:
Letter from Sugiyama Iutaka, Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology, UT Institute of Latin American Studies, to Mr. M Dale Barker, July 20, 1965
Printed material - 33rd Texas Rose Festival, Queen Melinda of the House of Riter, 1970
Family studies from mid-term exam for "Introduction to Social Science" tutorial (Dr. Leeds), undated
3S51 Texas Rose Festival photographs:
Alfred Gilliam
Early Rose Queen, mid 1940s
Queen Mary John Grelling, 1940
Queen Harriet Sue Caldwell, undated
Queen and Ladies-in-Waiting, 1968
Queen and Ladies-in-Waiting, 1970
Queen Katherine, on the House of Clyde, 1967
Queen Eugenia being crowned by the President of Rose Festival, 1969
Queen Melinda of the House of Riter, 1970
Queen's Tea at the Rose Garden, 1968
Queen Louise in her costume for Corpus Christi's Buchaneer Days, 1968
Floats in the Parade, 1970