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1965 Feb. –

Halpern, Joel Martin

Interview with Gena's cousin

Lexington (Mass.) - Transcript of an interview between Joel Martin Halpern, Barbara Halpern and Milen Kovic discussing his village of Ribari, Serbia. Focuses on the changes in his village since the 1950s caused by a factory opening near by and providing an influx of money for villagers who would otherwise have remained peasants.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Aug. – 1954

Halpern, Joel Martin

Sketches from the villages of Aran?elovac, Jarmenovci, Belgrade and Oras?ac

Serbia - Sketches include interiors of houses, village plans, building exteriors, peasant dress, household tools (clothes iron, spinning paddle, spoons, cheese bowl), wine and brandy making equipment, bridal gown and accessories, Slava accessories, and farming tools. Some of the building sketches shown together maintain scale to compare between socio-economic status in different... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 May 15 – 1957 May 15

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents Joel and Nettie Halpern during their time in Laos with the USOM. After an initial discussion of the weather, his photography, and his checking account, Halpern describes the beginning of the celebrations of the 2500th anniversary of Buddhism, beginning with "Constitution Day." Subsequently, he describes the central eve... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Aug. 1

Halpern, Joel Martin

Luang Prabang price list

Laos - This price list dated June 6, 1957 is part of the field notes that were included in letters from Joel M. Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. Halpern apologizes for the lateness of the report. This list concentrates on the various foods available and their prices.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Sept. 9

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Joel Halpern's parents during the time the Halperns worked in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Barbara Halpern discusses hooking up a freezer, receiving mail, and getting another puppy. She also has made several recordings of Hmong singing.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 May 8

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Barbara Halpern sums up the domestic situation. She tells about the festivities surrounding the Lao New Year celebration, or Pii Mai, especially the houseguests that stayed with them at that time.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Apr. 21

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Halpern describes the festivities surrounding the Lao New Year celebration, or Pii Mai, especially the throwing of water and mud. Part of the letter describes the exhibits and craftsmen represented at the festival as well. The beginning paragraph describes a ... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Aug. 19

Halpern, Joel Martin

Lao army projectionist interview

Laos - These field notes were included in letters from Joel M. Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. These are notes from Halpern's translator, Aram Udol, having interviewed a Lao Army Projectionist who spoke about the silver bars the Haw formerly used in trade, and the attitudes of the people toward movies.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Oct. 11

Halpern, Joel Martin

Interview with Meo

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. This letter is in the form of an interview conducted by Halpern's translator, Aram Udol. Udol interviewed a "Meo" (Hmong) man from the village of "Ban Phou Soun" (possibly Phou Xang). The man has had five wives, four still living in the household. He describes h... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Oct. 7

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. This letter is in the form of field notes. It begins with an in-depth interview of the local veterinarian, Sam Ock. He discusses the folk beliefs in spirits - The "naga" and "phi." A legend of the Naga (a water spirit) is told. Other examples of local magic and belie... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers