Norris M. Durham Papers
Title: Norris M. Durham Papers
Record Series: 12/04/02/01
Creator: Durham, Norris M.
Extent: 5 boxes (3.32 linear feet)
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Language: Materials entirely in English.
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Norris M. Durham was born on March 13, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Louise Hackenberg in 1971. Durham also served in the United States Air Force.
Durham received his master's degree in anthropology from New York University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Pennsylvania State University in 1974. He was then a professor of anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit from 1970-1974 and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay from 1974-1970, before coming to the University of Northern Iowa. He taught at UNI from 1980 until his retirement in 2002.
He was a biological anthropologist and lectured on such topics as the relationship between behavior and genetics, as well as his travels. His research topics included the study of dermatoglyphics and how they can help identify certain health conditions, as well as early notes about primate behavior.
Durham passed away in January 2011.
- Series 1: Subject Files
- Series 2: Photographs
- Series 3: A/V materials
- Series 4: 2021 acquisition
Scope and Content
The collection has been arranged into three series. Series 1, Subject Files, is organized into five groupings in alphabetical order. The biographical information folder consists of Durham's C/V as well as a photocopy of a plaque recognizing his service as chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for 21 years. Classroom Materials - Criminalistics, contains items from a criminalistics course including exams, documents describing and showing the human anatomy, and a crime scene forensic investigation exercise booklet. Also present are eight slides. The next folder, Human Subjects Review information includes materials pertaining to research involving the use of human subjects. While seemingly not containing any of Durham's own research, it more than likely reflects his role with the IRB. The Primate research journal contains Durham's work from the summer of 1967 when he was at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The journal's tabs break it up into different sections, which include dated entries and observations. The final folder in this series Publications folders are comprised of pieces written or edited by Durham. Examples include the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and articles related to his research, including dermatoglyphics and the use of cinematographic materials in undergraduate biological anthropology courses. Also included is the book The Record of the Past: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology.
Series 2, Photographs, represents the bulk of the collection and contains four sets of photographs from Norris' travels and research. There are nearly 100 photographs, plus negatives. Please consult the inventory for a complete list.
The third series in the collection, Audiovisual Materials, contains two items. The first is a 16mm film, Vervet Behavior, dated 1967. The second is a reel-to-reel sound recording that accompanies the Primate Research Center journal found in Series 1. Series 4 was acquired in 2021 and consists of two albums, which were more than likely created by Durham. They include correspondence, photographs, clippings, and notes.
- Folder 1: Biographical Information, [c. 2002?] [Series 1]
- Folder 2: Classroom Materials - Criminalistics, 2000 [Series 1]
- Folder 3: Human Subjects Review information, 1980s [Series 1]
- Folder 4: Primate research journal, 1967 [Series 1]
- Folder 5: Publications, 1969-1998 [Series 1]
- Folder 6: Publications, 2000 [Series 1]
- Folder 7: Battle Seattle Research Center, 1972 [Series 2]
- Folder 8: Peru [Series 2]
- Folder 1: Peru - negatives [Series 2]
- Folder 2: Peru, Bolivia, Nepal, 1962; 1969-1970 [Series 2]
- Folder 3: Primates [Series 2]
- 16mm film, Vervet Behavior [Series 3]
- Reel-to-reel sound recording from Yerkes National Primate Research Center [Series 3]
**Please note that materials in this box are restricted from their date of creation plus 70 years**
- Folder 1: Student projects related to primate study, [c. early 2000s?] [Series 1]
Box 4 (oversize)
- Album, 1959-1982
Box 5 (oversize)
- Album, 1982-1989
- The Waterloo Courier, January 31, 2011.
Finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, July 2017. Updated by Dave Hoing, December 2017 and April 2018 and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, April 2019. New acquisition processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, October 2021. Linear feet updated August 28, 2017.