Clifford Evans and Betty Meggers Leaning Over Diagram

ID: SIA2013-03915

Creator: Sandved, Kjell Bloch 1922-

Form/Genre: Group, candid

Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier

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With the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Betty J. Meggers and Clifford Evans, anthropologists, were a husband and wife team, who specialized in Amazonian anthropology. A large diagram is on the table and a map of South America hangs on the wall.


  • Meggers, Betty J
  • Evans, Clifford 1920-
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Kjell Bloch Sandved of the Office of Exhibits, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), at the commission of Porter Kier, then Director, NMNH, prepared these photographic materials to document personnel and activities of NMNH in 1975.
  • Meggers research began with the island of Marajo in the Amazon Basin and most of her other research has been concentrated on South America. Within South America, Meggers has done research in Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Guyana, in the area of the Amazon, and along the Andes. Other research conducted by Meggers has been done in the Lesser Antilles and Micronesia. Meggers also developed a system with her husband, Clifford Evans, by which pottery fragments could be analyzed. In addition, Meggers was among the first to examine environmental influences on ancient societies and in framing culture as an adaptation to the environment.
  • See Negs. SIA2013-03914 for another photo of Clifford Evans and Betty Meggers. See Neg. 2013-03916 for Clifford Evans.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95-013, Box 1, Folder: 1: A-Kier

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  • Women
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Anthropology
  • Employees
  • Museums
  • Anthropologists
  • Maps
  • Museum curators
  • Research
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • South America
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Amazon River Region


  • Group, candid
  • Slide

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 1"w x 1 3.7"h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Slide

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