Symposium: Essays Honoring T. Dale Stewart, M.D. (1901-1997)

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  • Set of four essays is the author's contribution to a symposium he organized to be presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Orlando, Florida on February 19, 1999, in honor of Thomas Dale Stewart. Stewart, who died in 1997 at the age of 96, was a forensic scientist and physical anthropologist who had been Head Curator and then Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. The first essay [page 243] is a short piece providing background on the essays that follow. "The Forensic Anthropology Legacy of T. Dale Stewart (1901-1997)" [pages 245-252] details Stewart's life and career, from his origins in Pennsylvania through his long and close association with predecessor Alěs Hrdlička. Stewart established himself as the leading authority in forensic anthropology, consulted for the FBI, and testified as expert witness in trials.
  • He initiated projects with the military to improve methods for identifying skeletal remains, was widely published, and was active in professional organizations. "T. Dale Stewart's Perspective on His Career as a Forensic Anthropologist at the Smithsonian" [pages 269-278] consists of excerpts from oral interviews conducted in 1975 and 1986 by Smithsonian Historian Pamela M. Henson and Archivist William A. Deiss. Included are Stewart's views of his professional development, factors influencing his work at the Smithsonian, with special attention given to his relationship with Hrdlicka, and his contributions to forensic anthropology. The author states that the interviews reveal some of the factors that influenced Stewart and the work ethic and philosophy for which he was known and admired. "Publications of T. Dale Stewart (1901-1997)" [pages 279-290] is a chronological listing of Stewart's various publications from 1929 through 1992.


  • Deiss, William A
  • Henson, Pamela M 1948-
  • Stewart, T. D (Thomas Dale) 1901-
  • Hrdlička, Aleš
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


The author, a former student of T. Dale Stewart, is with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Three Figures and five Tables are included in the essays.

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Journal of Forensic Sciences (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


March 2000


  • Forensic anthropology
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Forensic scientists
  • Employees
  • Anthropology
  • Museums
  • Physical anthropology
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Biography
  • Museum curators
  • Anthropologists


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pgs. 243-252 and 269-290

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