The Joel Martin Halpern Balkan Archive

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 532 HAL
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English, Serbian, Macedonian, and Other Slavic.
  • Physical Description
      12 boxes Bundles of A4 photocopies, unbound. Some larger photocopies, some publications of different sizes.

Scope and Content

Photocopies of: Orašac field notes 1953-1954 (with subject index), Yugoslav interviews 1961-1962 (with notes on interview methods and some conclusions), notes on Yugoslavia 1964-1978, works by three Yugoslav sociologists, annotated photographs of Yugoslavia, various writings including unpublished works. Compact disks containing digitised photographs of Yugoslav landscapes and people.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joel Martin Halpern, born 1929, was educated at the University of Michigan (B.A. in History, 1950) and Columbia University (Ph.D. in Anthropology, 1956). He was a field service officer with the International Cooperation Administration Community Development Division in Laos, 1956-1958, and a consultant to the RAND Corporation in Laos, 1959-1961. He was on the faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles, 1958-1963, Brandeis University, 1963-1965, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1967-1993. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts. His first major publication, A Serbian village (New York: Columbia U.P., 1958) came out of research conducted in 1953-54 in the Orašac area with his wife and fellow-anthropologist Barbara Kerewsky-Halpern.

Access Information

No access may be given without the written permission of Dr Halpern (via the Special Collections Librarian at the J B Priestley Library)

Acquisition Information

Donated to J B Priestley Library in October 2000. Occasional subsequent deposits


Mostly in English. Interviews, school essays and some publications in Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, and Macedonian.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Alternative Form Available

Back-up copies have been made of the compact discs.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights held by Dr Halpern. Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance

Related Material

Field notes and donations of books by Dr Halpern held by the Center for the Study of Balkan Societies and Cultures at the University of Graz

Additional Information

Originals retained by Dr Halpern