Smithsonian Publishes Morgan's "Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family"

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Summary

Lewis Henry Morgan's "Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family" is published in volume 17 of Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge. At over six hundred pages, this memoir is the Smithsonian's most expensive to date, and becomes a seminal work in American ethnology. First Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry recognizes such studies as essential to understanding the origins and history of North American natives, and promotes scholarly work in this field. Morgan's work will later shape the theoretical framework underlying the Bureau of American Ethnology, established at the Smithsonian in 1879. That year, Morgan is also elected to lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Subject

  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Morgan, Lewis Henry 1818-1881
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge (Publication)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • This publication can be found at http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/22491754.
  • Raymond Harris Thompson, ed., "The Antiquities Act of 1906 by Ronald Freeman Lee," Journal of the Southwest 42:2 (2000), p. 199.
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge, Volume 17, Article 2. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1871.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1871

Topic

  • Publications
  • Historians
  • Ethnologists
  • Ethnology
  • Indians of North America

Place

North America

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