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Thomas Zwicker Personal Papers

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Zwicker, Thomas Antony, 1957-1985
Title:
Thomas Zwicker Personal Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1982-1985
Call Number:
1138
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Thomas Zwicker received his M.A.in Anthropology from the University of Pennslyvania in 1984 having conducted his research in Ahmedabad, India. His master’s thesis was entitled “Morality and Etiquette in the Reproduction of Hierarchical Caste Relations in South Asia”. He continued his tenure at Penn as a doctorial student in Anthropology, receiving a Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies for a field study in India of the moral system of contemporary Jainas. The Thomas Zwicker personal papers consist of two archival boxes of material divided into six series.
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Biography/History

Thomas Zwicker's untimely death and short life accounts for the brevity of his biography. However, he accomplished a great deal in his few years. He is the only child of Tony and Beda Zwicker, who had moved to the United States from Switzerland in 1950 and took residence in New York in 1961 when Thomas was four. He received his M.A.in Anthropology from the University of Pennslyvania in 1984 having conducted his research in Ahmedabad, India. His master’s thesis was entitled “Morality and Etiquette in the Reproduction of Hierarchical Caste Relations in South Asia”. He continued his tenure at Penn as a doctorial student in Anthropology, receiving a Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies for a field study in India of the moral system of contemporary Jainas. On October 29, 1985 he was killed in a motorcycle accident in Ahmedabad, India along with friend and colleque Ken Folkert, cutting short what his advisor Arjun Appadurai called a promise for becoming an important scholar in the study of Jainism.

The vast bulk of the collection is devoted to his graduate research. The papers related to his research are organized by the two degree programs; 1982 for the MA, and 1984 to 1985 for the PhD program. In addition there is material related to his accidental death, and his memorial.

Scope and Contents

Thomas Zwicker was a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, having received his Masters in 1984, and working on a PhD at the time of his death in October of 1985. His dissertation field work was in Ahmedabad, India and the vast bulk of the collection is devoted to this period. The papers related to his research are organized by his two distinctive degree programs, 1982 for the MA, and 1984 to 1985 for the PhD program. In addition there is material related to his accidental death and his memorial service including an audio tape of the latter. The paper resources are joined by photographs and audio taped interviews completed in India.

The Thomas Zwicker personal papers consist of two archival boxes of material divided into six series.

An extensive number of files reflect Zwicker's research on selected topics and issues. These files are perhaps best described as working files that consist of notes, excerpts from interviews, interpretation of findings, etc. Course papers, can be found in the “writing files”. A dissertation proposal is part of the research series (#48).

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives,  3/2/2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by B. Roberts J. Rodgers

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • Appadurai, Arjun, b. 1949
  • Zwicker, Thomas Antony, 1957-1985

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence.

Box

Personal.

1

T.A. Zwicker’s letters to his parents, 1984.

1

T.A. Zwicker’s letters to his parents, 1985.

1

American Institute of Indian Studies.

1

Gujarat University.

1

Post-Mortem letters about Zwicker.

1

Personal.

Box

Documents.

1

Diaries.

1

Documents related to Zwicker’s death.

1

Memorial service/testimonials.

1

Research.

Box

Notebooks 1982 A/B.

1

Notebooks 1982 C/D.

1

Notebooks 1982 E.

1

Index of TAZ field notes compiled by Mike Fisher.

1

Field Journal - October 1984-April 1984 [#1].

1

Field Journal – May 1985 – July 1985 [#2].

1

Field Journal - August 1985 - October 1985 [#3].

1

Family Questionnaire.

1

Puja.

1

Puja - Symbol + God (gods).

1

Puja - Dars’an Shraddna Krpa.

1

Puja - Rural Popular Religion + Non-Jana religion.

1

Shankesvar.

1

Regional Economic Research [#7].

1

Current Sub-Project Inquires [#8].

1

Synthesis [#9].

1

Vidhi and Vrata (theoretical) [#10].

1

Monks and Laity (inc. sermons) [#11].

1

Passion and Emotion [#12].

1

Vyavahar and Dana (1 of 2) [#13].

1

Vyavahar and Dana (2 of 2) [#13].

1

Mortality Theoretical Groundwork (2 of 2) [#14].

1

Gifts and Hospitality [#15].

1

Tapa Pancpratikramania [#16].

1

Religion [#17].

1

Caste Relations and Exchanges [#18].

1

Pavitra [Purity] [#19].

1

Jnana [#20].

1

[Journal] [#21].

1

Karma and Ponya [#22].

1

Conflict Resolution (micro-interaction) [#23].

1

Biblio’s and Reading Tasks [#24].

1

Writing and [Photography] [#25].

1

Abaru [#26].

1

Paldi [#27].

1

Dhama [#28].

2

Kanigya [#29].

2

Jaina Cosmopolitan Life and Twentieth Century Challenges [#30].

2

Cosmopolitan Ideals and Forms of Life [#31].

2

Wedding and Marriage [#32].

2

Kin and Affine Intercourse (incl. aid) [#33].

2

Social Charity [#34].

2

Ved [#35].

2

Wealth, Money, Value Cultural Logics of Accumulation [#36].

2

Sami [#37].

2

Merchants, Commodities, Cloth/Cotton [#38].

2

‘37’ History; org.; Charity; Marriage [#43].

2

Maps [#46].

2

Project Guide Lists [#47].

2

PhD Dissertation Proposal; Popular Jainism [#48].

2

Food and Ahimsa [#50].

2

Kin Charts [#51].

2

Cotton and Cloth [#52].

2

Mandal [#53].

2

Money Lending [#54].

2

Macro-Merchant Economics [#55].

2

Historical Developments and Analysis [#56].

2

Family Histories [#57].

2

[History Economics] [#58].

2

[Research Forms] [#59].

2

Historical Summaries, and Famines (crops, land tenure)] [#60] (1 of 2).

2

Historical Summaries, and Famines (crops, land tenure)] [#60] (2 of 2).

2

[Research Notes 8/85 - 10/85] [#61].

2

Economics - Articles and notes] [#62].

2

[Jaina Merchants] [#64].

2

Caste Listings [#65].

2

Murtis Papers [#66].

2

Jainas, Gujarat, Misc. Gujarat [73].

2

[Misc. List and Notes - Oct. 85].

2

[Theory Notebook].

2

Writings (1 of 3).

2

Writings (2 of 3).

2

Writings (3 of 3).

2

Documents and Reports.

Box

American Institute of American Studies.

2

Photographs.

Box

Photo Lists (1 of 2).

2

Photo Lists (2 of 2).

2

India Series (Contact Prints).

2

1982 Contact Prints.

2

1984 Contact Prints.

2

Audio Tapes.

Box

1982; Interviews in India, 1985; Memorial Service.

2