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Peabody Museum Monographs 11

Anthropology at Harvard

A Biographical History, 1790–1940

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$65.00 • £52.95 • €58.50

ISBN 9780873659130

Publication Date: 07/15/2013


602 pages

7 x 10 inches

50 black and white illustrations

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This massive work is the first in-depth study of the history of anthropology at Harvard University, and documents in great detail the significance of the programs there in the development of American anthropology. Browman and Williams effectively combine biographical sketches of several hundred relevant individuals with discussion of institutional and disciplinary histories, focusing not just on key figures but on cohorts, to provide a fuller sense of the whole than is often found in such works.—F.W. Gleach, Choice

This volume will be required reading for anyone interested in the history of American anthropology. It is the first substantial history of anthropology at Harvard University, which has the oldest department and museum of anthropology in North America, and along the way it also considers most of the anthropological institutions of the period. A basic reference work, it is full of interesting and entertaining accounts of many of the leading—and some not so leading—anthropologists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.—Ira Jacknis, author of The Storage Box of Tradition: Kwakiutl Art, Anthropologists, and Museums, 1881–1981

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