Pioneers of American Anthropology: The Uses of Biography

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Consists of a series of biographical portraits of pioneers in American anthropology, such as Franz Boas and Zelia Nuttall. One chapter focuses on the women in this profession, including Bureau of American Ethnology staffers Frances Densmore, Alice C. Fletcher, and Matilda Coxe Stevenson.


  • Boas, Franz 1858-1942
  • Densmore, Frances
  • Fletcher, Alice Cunningham
  • Nuttall, Zelia
  • Stevenson, Matilda Coxe 1850-1915
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • United States National Museum


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See chapter on Women in Early American Anthropology by Nancy Oestreich Lurie.

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