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Clifford Geertz papers

Scope and Contents

The Clifford Geertz papers consist of the administrative files created and compiled by Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Clifford Geertz from approximately 1970-2005. Materials consist of information regarding various committee work, Faculty and Member nominations, and symposia as well as grant proposals and reports.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-2005
  • Creation: 1930-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Research access will require that archivists pre-screen materials to determine the presence of any materials restricted under the Institute for Advanced Study Archival Policy (1986).

Per the Institute for Advanced Study Archival Policy, Institute records remain under restriction for 30 years from the date of the record’s creation. Additionally, all institutional records related to personnel (including human resources record and/or records related to recommendation and/or appointment to the Institute) remain restricted for the lifetime of both the creator and subject.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are welcome to publish, reproduce, and use the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center’s holdings in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law. Under the Fair Use doctrine, users may freely reproduce materials for personal research, teaching, and/or scholarship. Under the same doctrine, users may cite or publish selected passages and/or quotations for comment and criticism. In accordance to U.S. Copyright Law, researchers seeking to reproduce and/or publish materials in the entirety and/or for commercial purposes will require the permission of the copyright holder.

The Institute for Advanced Study holds the copyright to materials generated by Institute employees over the course of their work for the Institute. Where the Institute for Advanced Study holds the copyright, researchers are free to reproduce materials for one-time, non-commercial purposes. For all other cases, researchers are responsible for contacting the Archives Center to request permission at: For all materials for which the Institute is not the copyright holder, researchers that choose to pursue publication and/or reproduction are responsible for determining the individual who does hold the copyright and requesting permission directly from that individual. Researchers with questions regarding the reproduction or use of archival materials can contact the Archives Center to request help at:


5.50 linear feet (5 record storage containers)

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The Clifford Geertz papers consist of correspondence and documentation related to the work of former Institute for Advanced Study School of Social Science Faculty Clifford Geertz. The bulk of materials date from approximatley 1970-2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition is unknown.

Related Archival Materials note

The bulk of Clifford Geertz's papers are at the University of Chicago.

Processing Information

Upon receipt, Institute for Advanced Study archivists housed materials in acid-free containers for long-term storage and preservation. Archivists maintained the original order and folder titles imposed by Clifford Geertz wherever possible. Archivists separated and removed any duplicate copies of widely distributed Institute publications.

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This finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2022-01-06: Caitlin Rizzo revised this finding aid to comply with DACS standards.