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William G. Lockwood collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy stereotypes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 477
William G. Lockwood collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy stereotypes contains several thousand books and periodicals, numerous visual depictions, over a thousand sound recordings, and several hundred examples of sheet music exploring the representation of Romani and Gypsy stereotypes. The William G. Lockwood Collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy Stereotypes is as geographically diverse as the Roma themselves, with publications from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The collection will be an outstanding resource for students and scholars who are researching stereotypes of Gypsies.


  • 1912 - 1998

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.


12 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Anthropologist William G. Lockwood (1937-2017) began collecting material about the Roma in the late 1950s. He was a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan specializing in the Balkans, Romany/Gypsy culture, ethnicity, and the anthropology of food and foodways.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by William and Yvonne Lockwood in 2016.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Cathy Illman, Lydia Tang, Nicole Smeltekop, and Leslie M. Behm. The processing of this collection is ongoing.
Finding Aid for William G. Lockwood collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy stereotypes
Nicole Smeltekop, Lydia Tang, Cathy Illman, Leslie M. Behm
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Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48824 USA