Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939

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Warren King Moorehead (1866-1939) grew up in Ohio, where he cultivated a lifelong interest in archaeology and American Indians. He attended Denison University but did not complete his undergraduate studies. In his early career, he worked as a correspondent for The Illustrated American and served as the first curator of the Ohio Archaeological Society. In 1896, he began what would become a personal friendship with Robert S. Peabody, providing the latter with several American Indian artifact collections. Moorehead was subsequently chosen by Peabody to be the first curator of the Phillips Academy Department of Archaeology (Robert S. Peabody Foundation for Archaeology; Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology) in 1901, and served in that capacity until 1924, when he assumed directorship of the department. He retired in 1938, a year before his death.

Throughout his career Moorehead was a prolific excavator and writer. His large-scale archaeological surveys and excavations included the Arkansas River Valley, northwest Georgia, and coastal and interior Maine. Artifacts from these activities expanded the Department of Archaeology's collection by nearly 200,000 objects. Some of his publications were the result of these expeditions; others highlighted the artifact collections of a widespread network of collectors and antiquarians, and still others focused on the injustices of the contemporary situation of American Indians.

Moorehead also served on the federal Board of Indian Commissioners, 1908-1933, and gave talks accompanied by lantern slides on both the prehistory and more recent history of American Indians to the general public.

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creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Bibliography of the writings of Warren K. Moorehead, Andover, Mass. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Roberts Brothers (Boston, Mass.) Correspondence, 1882-1898, bulk 1838-1932. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn National Register of Historic Places ... Ohio SP Fort Miami, Oct. 7. 1971 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Century Company records New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Frank G. Speck papers, 1903-1950 American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren K. Letter signed : to Pierpont Morgan, 1910 Jan. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Correspondence and broadside, [between 1907 and 1915]. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Warren K. Moorehead records, circa 1800-1938 (bulk 1900-1938) Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology
creatorOf Indian Industries League. Papers, 1893-1922. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn University of Chicago. Dept. of Anthropology. Records, 1929-1960 (inclusive), 1929-1946 (bulk). University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Letter, 1917 June 26, Burlington, Vt., to Harold G. Rugg, Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn George G. Heye autograph collection, 1886-1928 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Warren King Moorhead letter to S. S. McClure [manuscript], 1895 December 2. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Langford, George, 1876-1964. George Langford papers, 1916-1964. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Warren King Moorehead papers, 1875-1939 Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Putnam, Frederic Ward, 1839-1915. Papers, 1807-1971 (bulk: 1855-1935) Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Pease, Arthur Stanley, 1881-1964. Correspondence and compositions, 1870-1963 Houghton Library
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Canfield, James Hulme, 1847-1909. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication. 1882-1931. Houghton Library
creatorOf Moorehead, Warren King, 1866-1939. The American Indian in the United States, period 1850-1914 : author's copy, additions and changes, [ca. 1915] / by Warren K. Moorehead. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Records Relating to Investigation of Allotments, 1909 - 1909 National Archives at Chicago
creatorOf Daniel Garrison Brinton papers, 1893-1898 University of Pennsylvania Library
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referencedIn Moorehead, Warren K. Chaco Research Archive
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associatedWith Barnard, Kate, 1875-1930. person
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correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
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correspondedWith Foreman, Grant, 1869-1953 person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Siena 16 IT
Excavations (Archeology)
Indians of North America
Indians of North America
Indians of North America
Natural history
Indian commissioners


Birth 1866-03-10

Death 1939-01-05





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