Anthropology at Harvard

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Harvard University Press, May 27, 2013 - Education - 589 pages
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Anthropology at Harvard recounts the rich and complex history of anthropology at America’s oldest university, beginning with the earliest precursors of the discipline within the study of natural history. The story unfolds through fascinating vignettes about the many individuals—famous and obscure alike—who helped shape the discipline at Harvard College and the Peabody Museum. Lively anecdotes provide in-depth portraits of dozens of key individuals, including Louis and Alexander Agassiz, Frederic Ward Putnam, Mary Hemenway, Alice Cunningham Fletcher, Sylvanus Morley, A. V. Kidder, and Antonio Apache. The text also throws new light on longstanding puzzles and debates, such as Franz Boas’s censure by the American Anthropological Association and the involvement of Harvard archaeologists in espionage work for the U.S. government during World War I. The authors take a “cohort” perspective, looking beyond the big names to the larger network of colleagues that formed the dynamic backdrop to the development of ideas. The significant contributions of amateurs and private funders to the early growth of the field are highlighted, as is the active participation of women and of students and scholars of diverse ethnic backgrounds. A monumental achievement, Anthropology at Harvard makes an important contribution to the history of Americanist anthropology.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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1 Harvard Contributions to the Origins of Americanist Archaeology 17901860
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2 The Lawrence Scientific School the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Peabody Museum 18471866
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3 Frederic Putnam and His Student Cohort 18591875
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4 Development of the Peabody Museum and Its Collections 18751890
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5 The Influence of Other Professionals and the Archaeological Institute of America 18651890
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6 Development of the Harvard Anthropology Graduate Program 18901900
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7 Graduate Students Faculty and Others 18901900
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9 Professionals Benefactors and Supporters 18901910
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10 Peabody Museum Students and Faculty 19001919
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11 Growth and Professionalism in the Twenties
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12 An Explosion of Scholars 19291939
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Bibliography
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Picture Credits
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Index
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Copyright

8 Putnams Students at the American Museum of Natural History 18941903
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About the author (2013)

David L. Browman is Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology and Professor of Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Stephen Williams is Peabody Professor of North American Archaeology and Ethnography, Emeritus, and former Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.