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Roberts, Frank H. H., Jr. (11 August 1897–23 February 1966), archeologist and government administrator, was born Frank Harold Hanna Roberts, Jr., in Centerburg, Ohio, the son of Frank Harold Hurd Roberts, a university professor and administrator, and Lou Ella Hanna.

Roberts received undergraduate training at Las Vegas (N.M.) Normal College and the University of Denver, where he received his B.A. in 1919. He majored in English and history. After a brief career as a Las Vegas journalist, he studied political science at the University of Denver, earning his M.A. in 1921, and at the same time studying anthropology under Etienne B. Renaud. He spent the next three years serving as an instructor of archeology at the University of Denver, performing archeological field work under Etienne B. Renaud and Jean Allard Jeançon, and working with the State Historical and Natural History Society of Colorado (whose collections would later form part of the Colorado State Museum holdings). Roberts then undertook graduate work in anthropology at Harvard University, where he received his M.A. in 1926 and his Ph.D. in 1927. He joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) in 1926, and soon after he received his doctorate he married Linda Buchardt. The couple had no children....