Robert H. Lowie

Lowie, Robert Harry

Robert Harry Lowie, or Robert Heinrich Lowie (lō´ē), 1883–1957, American anthropologist, b. Vienna, grad. College of the City of New York, 1901, Ph.D. Columbia, 1908. He was on the staff of the American Museum of Natural History from 1908 until 1921. From that year until his death he taught at the Univ. of California. Lowie gained international fame through his studies of the Native North American, especially the northern Plains tribes, and his contributions to ethnological theory. His book, Primitive Society (1920, 2d ed. 1947), and its sequel, Social Organization (1948), are regarded as classics in their field. Other writings include Primitive Religion (1924, rev. ed. 1948), An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (1934, rev. ed. 1940), The History of Ethnological Theory (1938), and Indians of the Plains (1954). His autobiography was published in 1959; the Crow Texts translated and edited by him and Selected Papers in Anthropology appeared in 1960.

See biography by R. F. Murphy (1972).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Robert H. Lowie: Selected full-text books and articles

Myths and Traditions of the Crow Indians By Robert H. Lowie University of Nebraska Press, 1993
The Crow Indians By Robert H. Lowie Farrar & Rinehart, 1935
Toward Understanding Germany By Robert H. Lowie University of Chicago Press, 1954
FREE! Primitive Society By Robert H. Lowie Boni and Liveright, 1920
Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist, 1888-1920 By Frederica De Laguna; A. Irving Hallowell Row, Peterson, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "Family and Sib" by Robert H. Lowie begins on p. 64 and "Ceremonialism in North America" by Robert H. Lowie begins on p. 686
Methods in Social Science: A Case Book By Stuart A. Rice University of Chicago Press, 1931
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 18 "Hugo Obermaier's Reconstruction of Sequences among Prehistoric Cultures in the Old World" by Robert H. Lowie
Culture & Ethnology By Robert H. Lowie Peter Smith, 1929
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