Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978

Alternative names
Birth 1901-12-16
Death 1978-11-15

Biographical notes:

American anthropologist.

From the description of Letter 1968 June 12. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 38156541


From the description of Collection re Margaret Mead, 1978-1979. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131863

Anthropologist, author, and educator.

From the description of Margaret Mead papers and South Pacific Ethnographic Archives, 1838-1996 (bulk 1911-1978). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71068917

Margaret Mead was an anthropologist.

From the guide to the An Anthropologist at work: writings of Ruth Benedict / by Margaret Mead, n.d., (American Philosophical Society)

Mead was a cousin to Mildred Howells (daughter of William Dean Howells) on one side of the family as well as being a cousin to Van Wyck Brooks on the other.

From the description of Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, [between 1959 and 1963]. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 181759160

Anthropologist, ethnologist.

Margaret Mead was Curator Emeritus of Ethnology in the Dept. of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University.


Gregory Bateson lived from 1904 to 1980.

From the description of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson: Analysis of Balinese togogs (carvings), [ca. 1930]-1941. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155511831

One of the world's foremost anthropologists.

Taught at Fordham, Columbia and other universities; made many expeditions to the South Pacific; authored hundreds of articles and more than a score of books; curator of the American Museum of Natural History.

From the description of Film collection for the teaching of anthropology, 1939-1978. (Hampshire College). WorldCat record id: 18062122

Biographical Note

  • 1901, Dec. 16: Born, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1919 - 1920 : Attended DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
  • 1923: B.A., Barnard College, New York, N.Y. Married Luther Sheeleigh Cressman (divorced 1928)
  • 1924: M.A., psychology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1925 - 1926 : Field trip to American Samoa as a National Research Council fellow for the study of adolescent girls Associate, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1926 - 1969 : Assistant curator (1926), associate curator (1942), and curator (1964-1969) of ethnology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y.; retired in 1969 as curator emeritus
  • 1928: Married Reo Fortune (divorced 1935)
  • 1928 - 1929 : Field trip to Manus, Admiralty Islands, with Reo Fortune, as a fellow of the Social Science Research Council for a study of young children
  • 1929: Ph. D., anthropology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1930: Field trip with Reo Fortune to study the Omaha Indians
  • 1931 - 1933 : Field trip to New Guinea with Reo Fortune to study the Arapesh, Mundugumor, and Tchambuli people
  • 1936: Married Gregory Bateson (divorced 1950)
  • 1936 - 1939 : Field expedition with Gregory Bateson to Bali and New Guinea to study the Iatmul people
  • 1939: Birth of daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson
  • 1939 - 1941 : Visiting lecturer in child study, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • 1942 - 1945 : Executive secretary, Committee on Food Habits, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.
  • 1947 - 1951 : Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1948 - 1950 : Director, Columbia University Research in Contemporary Cultures, New York, N.Y.
  • 1953: Field trip to Manus, Admiralty Islands, with Theodore and Lenora Schwartz
  • 1954: Adjunct professor of anthropology, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1955 - 1962 : Member, Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1956 - 1957 : President, World Federation for Mental Health
  • 1957: Recipient, Viking Medal in General Anthropology, Wenner Gren Foundation
  • 1957 - 1958 : Returned to Bali with Ken Heyman
  • 1957 - 1978 : Visiting professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960: President, American Anthropological Association
  • 1961 - 1978 : Wrote regular feature for Redbook magazine with Rhoda Bubendey Métraux
  • 1964 - 1965 : Field visits to Manus, Admiralty Islands
  • 1966 - 1968 : Chairperson, Committee on Science in the Promotion of Human Welfare, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1967: Field visits to Manus, Admiralty Islands, to make the film "New Guinea Journal" and to New Guinea to consult with Rhoda Bubendey Métraux on the Iatmul people Helped establish Department of Anthropology, New York University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1969: Received William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement, Scientific Research Society
  • 1969 - 1971 : Professor of Anthropology, Fordham University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1971: Field visits to Manus, Admiralty Islands, and to New Guinea and Samoa Received Arches of Science Award, Pacific Science Center; Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science, UNESCO and the Government of India; and Joseph Priestley Award, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
  • 1972: Chairperson, advisory committee to the U.S. delegation to the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Co-chairperson, U.S. Task Force on the Future of Mankind and the Role of the Churches in a World of Science-based Technology Member, organizing committee for the IXth International Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Chicago, Ill. President, Scientists' Institute on Public Information and the Society for General Systems Research Special guest of secretary general, United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1973: Field visit to study the Arapesh people at Hoskins Bay, New Britain
  • 1975: President, American Assocation for the Advancement of Science Field visit to Manus, Admiralty Islands Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1977: Field visit to Bali
  • 1978, Nov. 15: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Margaret Mead Papers and the South Pacific Ethnographic Archives, 1838-1996, (bulk 1911-1978), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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