University of Michigan. Department of Anthropology

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Established in 1929, the University of Michigan Department of Anthropology provides instruction in ethnology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics, and is consistently ranked among the top academic programs in anthropology in the country.

From the description of Dept. of Anthropology (University of Michigan) records, 1927-1983. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778631

The University of Michigan Department of Anthropology was established in 1929 by Carl E. Guthe, director of the university's Museum of Anthropology, and Julian Steward. Administratively, the department was originally part of the museum, and housed within the museum's facilities. Steward left soon after the department began offering courses, but two additional faculty members were added over the next ten years, Leslie A. White in 1930 and Mischa Titiev in 1936. By 1940 the department offered 16 courses, an undergraduate major, and a master of arts program.

During and immediately after World War II, the department began to expand more rapidly, although founding member Carl Guthe left the university in 1944. Three curators from the Museum of Anthropology, James B. Griffin (Guthe's successor as museum director), Volney H. Jones, and Emerson Greenman, were the first additions to the department, in 1945 and 1946. The academic program was designed to prepare students in all four subfields of anthropology (ethnology, linguistics, archaeology and biological anthropology), and faculty were added strategically in all areas. By 1948, the department offered a Ph.D. program, and by 1955, its faculty had risen to 15, offering 75 courses.

More faculty and courses were steadily added in the coming years. By 2002, the department enrolled over 5000 student per year in undergraduate and graduate courses and had more than 50 faculty members. A number of anthropology faculty have joint appointments with other departments and programs at the university, including history, women's studies, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS).

The department moved several times over the years to accommodate its growth. In 1954 the department took up offices in the basement of Angell Hall, though faculty from the museum retained their offices in the museum. The department later relocated its administrative offices to the LS&A building in 1981, and to West Hall in 2003.

Ethnology has traditionally been the most well-represented anthropology subfield in the department's faculty and courses, but the Museum of Anthropology's national prominence has assured that archaeology has also been very strong. In addition to the faculty members already mentioned, the long list of prominent anthropologists and archaeologists that have been associated with the department either as faculty or students includes Roy Rappaport, Eric Wolf, Richard MacNeish, Marshall Sahlins, Albert Spaulding, Lewis Binford, Ruth Behar, and Henry T. Wright.

Today the department offers joint graduate programs in Anthropology and History, Anthropology and Social Work, Evolution and Behavior, and Culture and Cognition, as well as undergraduate, master's, and doctoral courses and degrees. It is consistently ranked one of the top anthropology departments in the country. More information is available on the department's website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/anthro/.

(Additional information about the Department of Anthropology may be found in the papers of individual faculty members, including Leslie A. White, James B. Griffin, and Roy A. Rappaport, all available at the Bentley Historical Library.)

From the guide to the Department of Anthropology (University of Michigan) records, 1927-1983, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

Established in 1929, the University of Michigan Department of Anthropology provides instruction in ethnology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics, and is consistently ranked among the top academic programs in anthropology in the country.

From the description of Department of Anthropology (University of Michigan) records, 1927-1983. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 82113553

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Wolf, Eric R., 1923-1999. Eric R. Wolf papers, 1946-1999. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Guthe, Carl E. (Carl Eugen), 1893-1974. Carl Eugen Guthe papers, 1919-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Wolf, Eric R., 1923-1999. Eric R. Wolf papers, 1946-1999. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Rappaport, Roy A., 1926-1997. Roy A. Rappaport papers, 1960-1997. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Tuthill, Suzanne Wickham, 1947-. Suzanne Wickham Tuthill papers, 1967-1969. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Carl Eugen Guthe Papers, 1919-1943 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Eric R. Wolf papers, 1939-2011 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Jeffrey R. Parsons papers, 1960-2009, 1966-1973 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn White, Leslie A., 1900-1975. Leslie A. White papers, 1921-1974. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf University of Michigan. Dept. of Anthropology. Department of Anthropology (University of Michigan) records, 1927-1983. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-1971. Alexander Grant Ruthven papers, 1901-1961. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Ford, Richard I. Richard I. Ford papers, 1968-2005. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf University of Michigan. Dept. of Anthropology. Dept. of Anthropology (University of Michigan) records, 1927-1983. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Guthe, Carl E. (Carl Eugen), 1893-1974. Carl Eugen Guthe papers, 1919-1943. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Leslie A. White Papers, 1921-1974 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Department of Anthropology (University of Michigan) records, 1927-1983 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Park, Susan B. Susan B. Park papers, 1967-1968. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Griffin, James B. (James Bennett), 1905-1997. James B. Griffin papers, 1922-1997. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Volney H. Jones papers, 1909-1979, 1930-1979 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Achenbaum, W. Andrew. Ann Arbor's German church split of 1875 : a case study in intra-ethnic relationships, 1973. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn James B. Griffin papers, 1922-1997 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Richard I. Ford papers, 1968-2005, 1970-1990 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Anderson, Robert, 1914-. Robert Anderson papers, 1946-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Jones, Volney H. (Volney Hurt), 1903-1982. Volney H. Jones papers, 1909-1979. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Park, Susan B. person
associatedWith Parsons, Jeffrey R. person
associatedWith Rappaport, Roy A., 1926-1997. person
associatedWith Richard I. Ford person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882- person
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associatedWith University of Michigan. Museum of Anthropology. corporateBody
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associatedWith White, Leslie A., 1900-1975 person
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associatedWith Wolf, Eric R., 1923- person
associatedWith Wolf, Eric R., 1923-1999. person
associatedWith Wolf, Eric R., 1923-1999. person
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