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William G. Lockwood collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy stereotypes

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 477

Scope and Contents

William G. Lockwood collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy stereotypes contains several thousand books and periodicals, numerous visual depictions, over a thousand sound recordings, and several hundred examples of sheet music exploring the representation of Romani and Gypsy stereotypes. The William G. Lockwood Collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy Stereotypes is as geographically diverse as the Roma themselves, with publications from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1998


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Anthropologist William G. Lockwood (1937-2017) began collecting material about the Roma in the late 1950s. He was a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan specializing in the Balkans, Romany/Gypsy culture, ethnicity, and the anthropology of food and foodways.


approximately 79 Linear Feet (79 boxes)

Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by William and Yvonne Lockwood in 2016.

Related Materials

MSS 535 William G. Lockwood Ann Arbor wine societies collection

MSS 568 Yvonne Lockwood Burgenland research collection

MSS 551 Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies

Separated Materials

Many books and periodicals have been separated from the collection and are in the process of being cataloged individually. For further information, please contact Special Collections.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Cathy Illman, Lydia Tang, Nicole Smeltekop, and Leslie M. Behm. The processing of this collection is ongoing. The sound recordings are individually cataloged. Album covers can be browsed on Discogs: A full listing of catalog items are available by searching the catalog for the "William G. Lockwood Romani Music Collection."

Finding Aid for the William G. Lockwood collection of Romani Ethnology and Gypsy stereotypes
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Nicole Smeltekop, Lydia Tang, Cathy Illman, Leslie M. Behm, Calla Sundin
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA