Morris Edward Opler

Fellow: Awarded 1942

Field of Study: Anthropology and Cultural Studies

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 05-16-1907

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1941–42:

OPLER, MORRIS EDWARD.  Appointed for the preparation of a description of the cultures of four related Apache Indian tribes of the Southwest; tenure, twelve months from September 1, 1942.

Born May 16, 1907, Buffalo, New York.  Education:  University of Buffalo, B.A., 1929, M.A., 1930; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1933 (University Fellow, 1930–31, Graduate Honor Scholar, 1931–32). Social Science Research Council Fellow, 1932–33; General Education Board Fellow, 1935–36.

Assistant in Sociology and Anthropology, 1929–30, University of Buffalo; Research Assistant in Anthropology, 1933–34, Associate, 1934–35, University of Chicago; Assistant Anthropologist, 1936–37, Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior; Visiting Lecturer in Sociology, 1937–38, Reed College; Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 1938—, Claremont Colleges.  Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Summer, 1941.

Publications:  Myths and Tales of the Jicarilla Apache Indians, 1938; Myths and Legends of the Lipan Apache Indians, 1940; Institutions of the Chiricahua Indians, 1941. Contributor to Anthropology of North American Tribes, 1937; Language, Culture and Personality, 1941. Articles in American Anthropologist, Psychoanalytic Review, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of American Folk-Lore, El Palacio, Psychiatry, New Mexico Anthropologist, Journal of Social Psychology, Memoirs of the American Anthropological Association, Bulletins of the University of New Mexico.