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Kalervo Oberg


Kalervo Oberg, Canadian educator. Fellow American Anthropological Association.


Oberg, Kalervo was born on January 15, 1901 in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada. Son of August and Hilma (Uusitale) Oberg.


Bachelor of Arts, University B.C., 1928. Master of Arts, University Pittsburgh, 1930. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1933.


1 stepdau., Earline (Mistress Robert B. Churbuck). Came to the United States, 1929. International African Institute fellow London School Economics, 1933-1934.

Social Science Research Council fellow, Uganda, 1934-1936. Economics analyst Agriculture Department, New Mexico, 1939-1942, Coordinator’ General’ s Office Inter-American Affairs, Ecuador and Peru, 1942-1943, Foreign Economics Administration, Washington, 1943-1946. Anthropologist Smithsonian Institution, Brazil, 1946-1952.

Social science consultant International Cooperation Administration and predecessor agys., Brazil, 1953-1959. Social science consultant Agency for International Development, Surinam, 1959-1963. Professor anthropology Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1963-1965, Stanford, 1965, University of Southern California, 1965-1967, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1968-1971.


  • Author: Culture Shock, 1954. Types of Social Structure among the Lowland Tribes of South and Central America, 1955. The Social Economy of The Tlingit Indians, 1973.

    Also articles. Contributor to Encyclopedia British.


Fellow American Anthropological Association.


Married Lois P. Rimmer, June 30, 1945.

August Oberg

Hilma (Uusitale) Oberg

Lois P. Rimmer