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Peter Nabokov Papers

Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Nabokov

Scope and Content of the Collection

Includes correspondence, contracts, news clippings, research, and reviews for Nabokov’s books Indian Running: Native American History and Tradition and Native American Testimony anthologies. Also includes 16 audiocassette tapes of interviews done by Nabokov with indigenous peoples.

Many items in the research chapter notes list a different chapter than the folder in which they are located. Each of the research chapter notes were kept as closely to Nabokov’s original filing as possible, as it is impossible to know if this was an error in Nabokov’s filing or an intentional filing to show where material started versus where it ended in his books.


  • Creation: 1937-1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970 - 1984



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Peter Nabokov Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Conditions Governing Audiovisual Access

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized. Researchers may access materials in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Peter Nabokov Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Peter Nabokov

Peter Francis Nabokov was born in 1940 in Auburn, New York to parents Nicolas and Constance Holladay Nabokov. He attended Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor's of the Arts before continuing to Goddard College for his M.A. (ethnic studies and language arts), and University of California, Berkeley, for his Ph.D. (anthropology).

Throughout his career as a writer and anthropologist, he worked with various indigenous populations, including the Crow, Hopi and Dakota Tribes and the Navajo Nation. He is the author of Indian Running, Native American Testimony: From Prophecy to the Present; Native American Architecture; A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History; How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family; and The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo.

He joined the staff of UCLA in 1996, and currently holds the position of professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures.


3.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons and 1 oversize box)


Research papers of author and American Indian Studies professor Peter Nabokov relating to his books, Indian Running: Native American History and Tradition and Native American Testimony anthologies.


materials arranged alphabetically.

Collection Stack Location

3A 56 1


Donated by Peter Nabokov to the Newberry Library in 1989.

Processed by

Emily Richardson, 2020.

Inventory of the Peter Nabokov Papers, 1937-1984, bulk 1970-1984
Emily Richardson
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States