Nebraska Authors

Roland Wynfield Force

Born 1924-12-31 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 1996-05
Honolulu, HI (USA)

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Stanford, CA
Honolulu, HI
Chicago, IL
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Leadership; Politics; Art; Anthropology


Bachelor of Arts, 1950, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Master of Arts in Education, 1951, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Master of Arts in Anthropology, 1952, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Ph.D. in Anthropology, 1958, Stanford University, Stanford, CA


Museum Associate in Ethnology, Bernice Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
Curator of Oceanic Archaeology and Ethnology, Chicago Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
Museum Director, Bernice Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
Museum Director, Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY

Places Worked

Bernice Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI
Chicago Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY


International Council of Museums
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Anthropological Association
American Association of Museums
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Pacific Science Association
Sigma Xi


Leadership and Cultural Change. 1960.
Induced Political Change in the Pacific. 1965.
Art and Artifacts of the Eighteenth Century. 1968.
The Fuller Collection of Pacific Artifacts. 1971.
Just One House. 1972.

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