Bureau of American Ethnology, Institute for Social Anthropology Records, 1942-1952

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Summary

The records chiefly contain administrative files concerning arrangements for financing the Institute and other fiscal matters, recruitment and use of personnel, and cooperation with State Department and other government and private organizations. Some of the correspondence includes reports by individual staff members on their activities.

Subject

  • Foster, George McClelland 1913-
  • Steward, Julian Haynes 1902-1972
  • Bureau of American Ethnology Institute for Social Anthropology
  • Inter-American Society of Anthropology and Geography
  • United States Department of State

Notes

  • The Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) was established in 1943 as an autonomous unit of the Bureau of American Ethnology. It grew out of efforts by the Inter-American Society of Anthropology and Geography and operated throughout most of its existence with support provided by committees of the Department of State. The ISA's purpose was to promote cooperation with other American states in anthropological training and research. Its headquarters were in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Julian H. Steward from 1943 to 1946 and George M. Foster from 1946 to 1952. Staff members were stationed in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala, where they taught university classes, directed the field work of students, and assisted with the preparation of publications. In 1952, the ISA came under the sponsorship of the Institute of Inter-American Affairs, and its functions were absorbed by that organization at the close of the year.
  • Draft register.
  • For a history of the creating unit, refer to "Forms part of" above.

Organization

(1) Annual reports, 1942-1952; (2) organizational and personnel files, 1942-1952; (3) records relating to cooperation with the Department of State, 1946-1951; (4) correspondence, 1942-1952; (5) records relating to cooperative arrangements with Latin American countries, 1942-1952; (6) records relating to other organizations, 1942-1952; (7) accounts and fiscal records, 1946-1952; (8) budget records, 1944-1951

Repository Loc.

National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland

Date

  • 1942
  • 1942-1952

Restrictions & Rights

These records are located in the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives

Topic

Form/Genre

  • Mixed archival materials
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA RUNAA004

Physical description

30 linear meters

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