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Bruce Grindal Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2019-003

Scope and Contents

Course materials subject files, and publications documenting the scholarship and research of Dr. Bruce Grindal, professor of anthropology. Subjects include cultural anthopology, human conflict, religion, and the Sisala people of Ghana, Africa.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

Access to materials in Box 1-4, 8, 18, and 19 is restricted, pending further review of records pertaining to FSU students and of audio and audiovisual recordings for copyright considerations, ethical access to indigineous cultural heritage, and/or creation of user copies.

All other materials are open to all researchers.

Contact the Director of Manuscripts Collections for more information on access to restricted materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Copyrights held by Mrs. Lourdes Grindal in 2019 were transferred to FSU by Deed of Gift. Please contact Special Collections & Archives at for more information about the rights status of specific works in this collection.

Unpublished works by Bruce Grindal, including unpublished field notes, are In Copyright - Florida State University. For permission to re-use content beyond Fair Use, contact Special Collections & Archives staff at

Copyright terms in unpublished works by Grindal will expire on January 1, 2083.

Biographical Note

Dr. Bruce Grindal was a humanistic anthropologist and Florida State University professor of anthropology.

Bruce Grindal grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University, first as a chemical engineering student, then studying anthropology. He later received a doctoral degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

Grindal joined the Anthropology Department at Florida State University in 1972, subsequently serving as department chair.

Grindal's article "Into the Heart of Sisala Experience" was published in 1983. An ethnographic inquiry into two Sisala burials, it includes an account of a human corpse becoming animated during a Sisala burial ritual in 1967.

Grindal was co-founder of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and founding editor of Anthropology and Humanism. He was the regional field representative and organizer for the US Commission on Proposals for the National Academy of Peace and Conflict Resolution and co-founder of FSU's Peace Studies Program.

Grindal passed away in Tallahassee, Florida, on April 2, 2012.

Sources "Dr. Bruce Grindal 1940-2012."


19 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

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As much as possible, the current arrangement reflects the order of materials in Grindal's home office in 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Deed of Gift by Lourdes Grindal in May 2019.

Related Materials

Grindal, Bruce. (1983). Into the Heart of Sisala Experience: Witnessing Death Divination. Journal of Anthropological Research, 39(1), 60-80.

Grindal, Bruce [oral history interview]. (October 11, 2005). OHPCN 1927, Reichelt Oral History Collection, HPUA-2015-00R, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida.

Bruce Grindal Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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