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Fonds F0028 - Dr. Vladimir Markotic fonds.

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Dr. Vladimir Markotic fonds.


  • 1939-1994 (Creation)

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2.84 m of textual and graphic records

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Dr. Markotic was born in Banjaluka, Yugoslavia on 16 July 1920. He studied at the Universities of Zagreb and Graz (Austria) before emigrating to the United States in 1947. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Indiana University in 1955, and in 1963 was awarded a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard. During his university years, Dr. Markotic was awarded a Hemenway Fellowship of American Archaeology and Ethnology from Harvard University and a Robert C. Winthrop Scholarship. He was also honoured by being made a Thaw Fellow of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard, an Associate of Current Anthropology and a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association. At Indiana University he acted as research assistant for an Air Force research project, then as a teaching assistant for the Institute of East European Studies. He conducted excavations at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia during the years 1958-1962. In 1962 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Illinois State University, and in 1965 came to the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor of Archaeology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969. Dr. Markotic retired as Associate Professor Emeritus in 1986, but remained a part-time researcher for the Department of Archaeology until 1990. He died in Calgary in November 1990 at the age of 74.

Dr. Markotic was a specialist in Old World Archaeology, but his interest and activities were in fact much wider. His research notes and papers indicate that, in addition to the study of archaeology and evolution, he had an enduring interest in linguistics and written language; ethnology; a wide variety of issues pertaining to Bosnia and Croatia, including the church, heresy, medieval tombstone inscriptions, and kinship; and in Sasquatch and other such creatures. Professor Markotic was a Croatian patriot and was well known as one of the foremost experts in the history of the Croatian community in Canada -- the achievements of whom he sought to publicize and celebrate through publications, symposia and conferences. He was closely involved with both the local Croatian community and with the Croatian-Canadian National Federation.

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Fonds consists of records created and collected by Dr. Markotic during his career as a student, a university lecturer and researcher, a practicing archaeologist, and a Croatian activist. Records consist of Markotic's notes from courses he took at Indiana University and Harvard; notes from courses he taught at the University of Calgary and notes for public lectures he gave at the University and elsewhere; research notes and papers on the topics of ethnology, linguistics, Sasquatch, old world archaeology and neolithic culture; grant applications for financial support for research projects and archaeological digs; extensive correspondence files with colleagues, students, family and friends; greeting cards; newsclippings; and photographs.

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The fonds is arranged into seven series reflecting the main documented activities in Markotic's life and career. These are: I. University Training -- Indiana and Harvard University Course Notes; II. Teaching Activities -- Course Notes and Public Lectures; III. Research Activities -- Grant Applications, Research Notes and Manuscripts; IV. Correspondence Files; V. Croatian Affairs; VI. Professional Associations and Journals; and VII. Personal Records. Series II - Research Activities, was divided into six sub-series to clarify Markotic's main areas of interest and to ease retrieval. The sub-series are entitled: Canada Council Research Grant Applications; Archaeology and Evolution; Linguistics and Written Language; Bosnia, Croatia and Yugoslavia; Ethnology; and Sasquatch. The original order of the records was largely maintained, as were the file titles except in a few exceptions where file titles did not exist.

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The majority of the fonds is in English, but significant portions (particularly of correspondence) are in Croatian. A limited number of items are in German, French, Russian and Italian.

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