Pat O'Brien papers, 1965–2005
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Brief Description: Materials held in this collection pertain to professor emerita of archeology and anthropology Patricia "Pat" J. O’Brien and her nearly 31-year career at Kansas State University. The collection includes proposals for expanded curricula within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, reviews of this department from the Kansas Board of Regents, and documentation of events relative to the 500th anniversary of Columbus reaching the New World. Other contents include photographs from the 2005 razing of the Kansas Artificial Breeding Service buildings that were on the original site of Bluemont Central College (K-State predecessor and first site of K-State), documentation related to the Bluemont Central College monument, recorded and scripted correspondence between Pat and her friends, her latest curriculum vitae (2004), and limited correspondence with other renowned archeologists and anthropologists. Also included are oral histories with Abby Lindsey Marlatt in September 2005.
Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at] ksu.edu
Created by: O’Brien, Patricia J. (1935-)
Volume: 1.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/2002. 09/01/2003; 09/02/2005; 01/30/2006; 12/17/2008; 10/23/2017
Arrangement: Original arrangment, chronologically within folders.
Biographical Note for O’Brien, Patricia J. (1935-) :

Patricia J. O’Brien was born on April 1, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois to John P. O’Brien and Edna M. Massow. She attended Nicholas Senn High School, graduating in 1953, and then worked at the Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a plant engineering clerk from 1953 to 1960. Concurrently, Pat attended Wright Junior College and graduated in 1960 with an associate’s degree in art. She then attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a bachelor’s of art in anthropology in 1962 and a Ph.D. in the same subject in 1969. Her dissertation was, “A Formal Analysis of Cahokia Ceramics: Powell Tract”. O’Brien was an interim anthropology instructor at Florida Atlantic University in 1966-1967, and became an assistant professor of archeology and sociology at Kansas State University (KSU) in September 1967.

O’Brien worked at KSU for 31 years, retiring as a professor emerita in 1998. She has published seven books and over forty articles, and has presented regularly while at KSU. She has been involved professionally, including in the American Anthropological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi. In 1989-1990, O’Brien was an Honor Lecturer at the Mid-American State Universities Association, and the following year she received the Conoco Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award and Sigma Xi deemed her a Distinguished Research Lecturer. She was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in 1994-1995 at Würzburg, Germany, and was a guest professor in 1996 at Munich, Germany. In 2009, the Plains Anthropological Society recognized her lifetime achievement of Plains-related research, teaching, scholarship, and service by awarding O'Brien with the Distinguished Service Award.

Access Restrictions: Use of audiocassettes and floppy disks is not allowed. Digital copies will be available.
Subject Index
Kansas life and culture
Kansas State University history
Kansas State University history - Faculty and staff papers and contributions
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.
Technical Access Notes: Copies of content on the audiocassettes and 3.5" floppy disks will be made for use.
Acquisition Notes: Patricia J. O'Brien  Donation.
Related Materials: Related materials in the same repository include: News and Communications Services faculty files, O'Brien, Patricia J.
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date], Pat O'Brien papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.