Preliminary Guide to the Peter H. Klopfer Papers, 1957-1971


Peter Klopfer is a Professor in the Department of Biology (previously known as Zoology). This collection contains ledger books and information relating to grants and research proposals, ranging in date from 1957-1971.

Descriptive Summary

Record Group
Peter H. Klopfer papers
Klopfer, Peter H.
1.5 Linear Feet, 500 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains materials from the many grants Professor Klopfer received to fund his animal-behavior research. Included are ledger books, correspondence, research and grant paperwork, including applications. The collection ranges in date from 1957-1971.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Grant Material, circa 1969
Box 1
Grant Material, circa 1970
Box 1
Grant Material, circa 1971
Box 1
Grant Application
Box 1
Grant Proposal Information, 1971
Box 1
Stimulus Preferences and Imprinting, by Klopfer, 1967
Box 1
National Science Foundation Grant Proposal, 1965-1966
Box 1
Electronics Technician, 1962
Box 1
Grant Award and Budget, 1967
Box 1
Contract and Correspondence, 1967
Box 1
Contracts and Correspondence, 1963-1964
Box 1
Margarita Laboratory, 1966
Box 1
Grant Proposal, 1966-1967
Box 1
BSGG, Summer 1969
Box 1
ONR, prior to 1967
Box 1
ASB Bulletin, 1969 July
Box 1
NASA contract, 1970-1971
Box 1
NASA, circa 1968
Box 1
New support sought, 1971
Box 1
NASA, circa 1972
Box 1
NC Heart Association
Box 1
Grant Materials, 1968
Box 1
NASA, 1971
Box 1
Grant Information, circa 1971
Box 1
Correspondence, 1967-1970
Box 1
Ledgers, 1957-1970
Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Peter H. Klopfer was born August 9, 1930 in Berlin, Germany. He earned his B. A. degree (with honors) from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1952 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1957. In 1958, Professor Klopfer came to Duke as Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology (now Dept. of Biology). In 1967, he was promoted to Professor. His area of research is animal behavior and behavioral ecology. His areas of interests are maternal attachment, aggression and species diversity. He was instrumental in starting the primate center at Duke. As of 2006, Klopfer is retired and is Professor Emeritus. However, he continues to do research, with his current project focusing on sleep and hibernation behavior in prosimian primates.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Peter H. Klopfer Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Peter H. Klopfer Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Sara Busija, September 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2006

Accession A77-99 is described in this finding aid.