Title and statement of responsibility area
Joan B. Townsend fonds
General material designation
- Multiple media
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
- Townsend, Joan B.
Physical description area
25.2 m. of textual & other material
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Name of creator
Joan B. Townsend was born in Dallas, Texas on July 9, 1933. She obtained an Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) from Christian College (now Columbia College) in 1952. In 1959, she received a Bachelor of Arts, followed by her Ph.D in 1965, both in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles.
Townsend taught briefly at East Los Angeles College from 1962 to 1963, followed by stints at Los Angeles State College in 1963 and southern Illinois University between 1963 to 1964. She began her career at the University of Manitoba in 1964. In 1981, she attained the rank of Professor. She is recognized as a founding member of the Department of Anthropology and as one of the initial creators of its graduate program.
Townsend was actively involved in field research beginning in 1958-1960 with the recording and excavation of various archaeological sites in Utah and southern California. From 1960-1982, she conducted numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in the Iliamna Lake region of Alaska, and studied Tanaina Athapaskans and Aglegmiut Yupik in the area.
Overall, Townsend's research encompassed three unique areas of anthropology: historic and prehistoric archaeology, ethnohistory, and religion, most notably traditional and neo-shamanism and new religious movements. She published numerous papers and articles in these areas and in 1970, produced the book Kijik: An Historic Settlement.
Townsend served on numerous department, faculty and university committees, including the University of Manitoba Board of Governors. For nineteen years, she also served as a member of Senate for the Faculty of Arts. In 1999, Townsend retired from the University of Manitoba and was named Professor Emeritus in recognition of her accomplishments in anthropological research and teaching. Upon retiring, Townsend continued to conduct research on Shamanism among traditional practitioners in Nepal, as well as ethno-medicine and non-allopathic healing.
Joan Townsend died in Winnipeg on 23 May, 2006.
A2007-050 was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Joan Townsend's daughter, Dr. Paula Townsend, in 2007.
A2012-061 was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2012.
Scope and content
A2007-050 the fonds has been arranged into 18 series. They include: Biographical Materials, Academic Career, Manuscripts and Books, Articles, Book Reviews, Conference Papers, Lecture Notes and supplementary materials, Student Essays, Organizations, Public Lectures, Grant Proposals, Correspondence, and Academic Research-including artifacts. The fonds is also comprised of the following collections: Photographs-including 2243 slides, 144 photographs, and 1087 negatives , Audio-Cassettes-including 280 standard cassettes, 13 mini-cassettes, and 8 reel to reel tapes, Microfilm-including 26 reels, Maps-including 33 maps, Computer Diskettes-including 52 disks.
A2012-061 has not yet been processed.
Immediate source of acquisition
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
A2007-050 has student papers and some financial grant application material have been restricted. Please consult the archives for further information.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
A finding aid can be downloaded by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.
Generated finding aid
Standard number area
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
Genre access points
Description record identifier
Rules or conventions
Level of detail
Dates of creation, revision and deletion
A2007-050 finding aid created by Bryan Brance & Lewis St. Geoge Stubbs (October 2007). Encoded by Bryan Brance (October 2007). Revised by N. Courrier (February 2020).