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The Institute for Social Anthopology (1943-1952), an autonomous unit of the Bureau of American Ethnology, is accepted by Secretary Charles Greeley Abbot. The Institute will carry out cooperative training in anthropological teaching and research with the other American republics. Its first director is Dr. Julian H. Steward (1943-1946) followed by George M. Foster (1946-1952). A termination of grants from the Institute of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State, under which the Institute had operated, causes the disbanding of the Institute by the end of calendar year 1952. Anthropologists remaining with the Institute on December 31, 1952, were transferred to the Institute of Inter-American Affairs.


  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 90-91.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1953. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1954, p. 9.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 63.

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