Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist, 1888-1920

Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist, 1888-1920

Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist, 1888-1920

Selected Papers from the American Anthropologist, 1888-1920

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Initiated in 1958, this volume in its way marks the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the American Anthropologist by offering a selection from the best that appeared within it during the first half of its life to date.

This book is addressed primarily to the scientifically oriented public, and to seniors and beginning graduate students of anthropology. It is not a textbook, although it may serve such a function since it makes available significant articles which could otherwise be consulted only in major libraries. Rather, it has been conceived as a means of acquainting students with problems or data in fields perhaps not included in their programs of formal courses, and of introducing our friends and future colleagues to those who taught us and to those from whom our teachers themselves learned. May it stimulate an interest in the history of anthropology, a respect for those who blazed the trails we follow, and a fuller appreciation of the broad domain which they surveyed for us.

The selections are intended, therefore, to represent the interests and accomplishments in American anthropology from the establishment of the American Anthropologist through World War I, in so far as these are reflected in the journal itself. Obviously not all important anthropological concerns of these decades found expression here. We need only mention the Journal of American Folk-Lore (founded in April, 1888), Science (founded 1883), the publications of the Smithsonian Institution, including those of the Bureau of American Ethnology and the National Museum, to suggest printed media that were also available to anthropologists during the first eleven years of the Old Series. With the turn of the century, the number of important anthropological publications multiplied rapidly, as the revitalized American Ethnological Society, new organizations, and the great museums and universities began to raise their voices.

Even though this volume is limited to what was printed in the American Anthropologist, it can offer only a taste of the rich and varied contents which the reader will find when he undertakes his own explorations. To illustrate the growth of the discipline, some contemporary surveys and historical summaries, as well as significant book reviews and obituaries are also included. The articles have been chosen to exhibit the theoretical, methodological, and factual contributions in as many aspects of anthropology as possible, and by as many authors. Obviously the roster of distinguished contributors was too long for all to be represented. The writings of those still living are published with their consent.

To make this book more useful, A. I. Hallowell has contributed an essay on The Beginnings of Anthropology in America, while the editor has added a Selected Bibliography on the History of Anthropology . . .

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