Nebraska Authors

John M. Roberts

AKA: John Milton Roberts, Jr.

Born 1916-12-08 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1990-04-02

McMurray, PA (USA)
Forest Lawn Gardens

John M. Roberts was a distinguished cultural anthropologist, known for his creative contributions to complex topics, especially the study of games. He was elected to the National Academy of Science, served as president of the American Ethnological Society, and, characteristically, as president of the Association for the Anthropological Study of Play, among other honors.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Lincoln, NE
Pittsburgh, PA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Cultural Anthropology; Navajo Tribe--Anthropology; Zuni Tribe--Anthropology


Degree, 1937, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE




Silver Star and Bronze Star for action as infantry company commander, WW II.


Explorations in Cultural Anthropology. 1987.

Many publications in scholarly journals. See Ward H. Goodenough, "John Milton Roberts, 1916-1990: A Biographical Memoir" for a complete bibliography.

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