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ANTHROPOLOGY AT HARVARD: A BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY, 1790-1940. David L. Browman and Stephen Williams. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2012. Distributed by Harvard University Press, Cambridge. 640 pp. with 50 ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780873659130 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 look beyond the big names to the larger network of colleagues that formed the dynamic backdrop to the development of ideas. A monumental achievement, Anthropology at Harvard makes an important contribution to the history of Americanist anthropology.
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