March 24, 1897
|Died||July 4, 1979(aged 82)|
|Spouse(s)||Alfred Louis Kroeber (2nd)|
|Children||Karl, Ursula, Ted, Clifton|
Theodora Kracaw Kroeber Quinn (March 24, 1897 – July 4, 1979) was a writer and anthropologist, best known for her accounts of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi tribe of California, and for her retelling of traditional narratives from several Native Californian cultures.
Theodora Kracaw was born in Colorado, the daughter of Phebe Jane (née Johnston) and Charles Emmett Kracaw. She later moved to California, where she studied at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1920 she earned her Master's degree in clinical psychology.
After having been left a widow in 1923 by her first husband, Clifton Brown, she studied anthropology and met and married Alfred Louis Kroeber, one of the leading American anthropologists of his generation and himself a widower. After his death in 1960, Theodora Kroeber wrote his biography. They had two children, writer Ursula K. Le Guin and English professor Karl Kroeber. Her children from her first marriage to Clifton Brown, who Alfred Kroeber adopted and gave his surname to, were Ted Kroeber and Clifton Kroeber, historian.
|Library resources about
|By Theodora Kroeber|
- The Inland Whale. 1959. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.
- Ishi in Two Worlds. Berkley Books.
- Ishi: The Last of His Tribe. 1964. Parnassus Press, Berkeley, California.
- (with Robert F. Heizer) Almost Ancestors: The First Californians. 1968. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco.
- Alfred Kroeber: A Personal Configuration. 1970. University of California Press, Berkeley.
- (with Robert F. Heizer and Albert B. Elsasser) Drawn from Life: California Indians in Pen and Brush. 1976. Ballena Press, Socorro, New Mexico.
- (with Robert F. Heizer) Ishi, the Last Yahi: A Documentary History. 1979. University of California Press, Berkeley.
- Buzaljko, Grace Wilson (1989). "Theodora Kracaw Kroeber". In Ute Gacs, Aisha Khan, Jerrie McIntyre, and Ruth Weinberg (eds.). Women Anthropologists: Selected Biographies (Illini Books edition, Reprint of Westport, CT: Greenwood Press original [©1988]. ed.). Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 187–193. ISBN 0-252-06084-9. OCLC 19670310.
- Mandelbaum, David G. 1979. "Memorial to Theodora Kroeber Quinn (1897–1979). Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 1:237–239.
- Ishi in Two Worlds, talk at UC Berkeley (online audio recording)
- Guide to the Theodora Kroeber Papers at The Bancroft Library
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