Wyman, Leland Clifton, 1897-1988

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Leland Clifton Wyman was born in 1897 Livermore Falls, Maine. He got his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1918 and his Ph. D. degree from Harvard in 1922. He taught experimental and theoretical physiology, sociology, anthropology, American Indian art, and Asiatic art at the Boston College of Liberal Arts. He also directed research work on Navajo ethnology at the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. From 1942 to 1946 he served as chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences at Boston University. He spent 40 summers conducting research in the American southwest establishing him as one of the leaders on Navajo research. He was an author of numerous publications in the fields of biology and anthropology. For various years he was the curator of archives at the Museum of Northern Arizona and research associate at the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art. As part of his research and personal interests he traveled to Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Europe. He died in 1988.

From the guide to the Leland C. Wyman papers, 1908-1985, (bulk 1930-1980), (University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections)

Leland Clifton Wyman was born in Livermore Falls, Maine in 1897. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Bowdoin College in 1918 and his Doctorate from Harvard in 1922. Wyman taught Experimental and Theoretical Physiology and Indian and Asiatic Art at Boston College. He served as chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences for Boston University from 1942-1946. For more than forty years, Wyman did field work among the Navajo people. He lived with a Navajo family and was invited to participate in their ceremonials. He was the subject of a healing ceremony. During the summers, he did research on Navajo ethnology for the Department of Ethnology at the University of New Mexico. From the 1950s to the 1970s, he published information on Navajo sandpainting collections. After his retirement, he moved to Arizona where he was a curator at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Wyman has written a number of publications on the Navajo people and their customs. Leland Wyman died on January 13, 1988 at the age of 90.

From the description of Papers on Navajo myths and sandpaintings, 1920-1981. (University of New Mexico-Main Campus). WorldCat record id: 50238626

Leland Clifton Wyman was born in Livermore Falls, Maine in 1897. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Bowdoin College in 1918 and his Doctorate from Harvard in 1922. Wyman taught Experimental and Theoretical Physiology and Indian and Asiatic Art at Boston College. He served as chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences for Boston University from 1942-1946.

For more than forty years, Wyman did field work among the Navajo people. He lived with a Navajo family and was invited to participate in their ceremonials. He was the subject of a healing ceremony. During the summers, he did research on Navajo ethnology for the Department of Ethnology at the University of New Mexico. He did comparative research about sandpaintings, looking for similarities between the various images relating to the same ceremonies depicted in weavings. From the 1950s to the 1970s, he published information on Navajo sandpainting collections. After his retirement, he moved to Arizona where he was a curator at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Wyman has written a number of publications on the Navajo people and their customs. Leland Wyman died on January 13, 1988 at the age of 90. His papers were inherited by Charlotte Frisbie, who donated them to the Center for Southwest Research.

From the guide to the Leland Clifton Wyman Papers on Navajo Myths and Sandpaintings, 1920-1981, (University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research.)

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creatorOf Wyman, Leland Clifton, 1897-1988. Papers on Navajo myths and sandpaintings, 1920-1981. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Leland C. Wyman papers, 1908-1985, (bulk 1930-1980) University of Arizona Libraries, Library Special Collections
creatorOf Leland Clifton Wyman Papers on Navajo Myths and Sandpaintings, 1920-1981 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn McAllester, David Park, 1916-. David McAllester papers, 1940 - 1996. Wesleyan University, Olin Library
creatorOf Wyman, Leland Clifton, 1897-1988. [Wyman family]. New England Historic Genealogical Society
creatorOf Wyman, Leland Clifton, 1897-1988. Correspondence regarding the publication of Father Berard Haile's versions of Blessingway, a Navaho ceremonial, 1960-1980. University of Arizona Libraries
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referencedIn Wyman, Leland C. Chaco Research Archive
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correspondedWith Ball, Phyllis person
correspondedWith Fontana, Bernard L. person
associatedWith Haile, Berard, 1874-1961. person
associatedWith Klah, Hasteen. person
associatedWith McAllester, David Park, 1916- person
associatedWith Newcomb, Franc Johnson person
associatedWith Newcomb, Franc Johnson. person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
associatedWith Reichard, Gladys Amanda, 1893-1955. person
associatedWith Wyman family. family
associatedWith Wyman, Francis, d. 1699. person
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Woburn (Mass.)
Chaco Canyon (N.M.)
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Archaeology
Navajo mythology
Slides (Photography)
Navajo Indians--Rites and ceremonies
Blessingway (Navajo rite)
Sandpaintings
Excavations (Archeology)
Mountainway (Navajo rite)
Navajo language
Navajo Indians--Religion
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Death 1988-01-13

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