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Department of Anthropology Records


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Overview and metadata sections

Princeton University. Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology was created in 1971. The department specializes in socio-cultural anthropology, and offers a B.A. in anthropology, a certificate in Ethnographic Studies, and a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Princeton offered a course in cultural anthropology from 1946 through 1965, first as part of the Department of Economics and Social Institutions, and after 1960, as part of the new Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The separate Program in Anthropology was created in 1965, and first directed by Professor Cyril Black. When Anthropology became a department in 1971, its first chair was Martin Silverman.

This collection contains course descriptions and bibliographies (1967-1968) from the Department of Anthropology, as well as printed articles and press releases regarding anthropology at Princeton. The collection also contains a map created by anthropology students on an expedition to Palenque sponsored by the Department of Anthropology in 1980.

No arrangement has been performed.

Map of the Archaeological Zone of Palenque was a gift of Alfred Bush in 2018 (AR.2018.027). All other material was transferred from the University Archives' Historical Subject Files (AC109).

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This collection was processed by Phoebe Nobles in 2018. Finding aid written by Phoebe Nobles in 2018.

No material has been separated from this collection.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Collection Inventory

Map: The Archaeological Zone of Palenque, 1980. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A map compiled by students who participated in the Anthropology Department's 1980 expedition to Palenque, Mexico--undergraduates David Bylund, Richard Martinez and J. Brody Neuenschwander--and edited by Alfred Bush.

Physical Description

1 folder14" by 28"

Articles, Press Releases, Brochure, 1958-1982. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Course Descriptions and Bibliographies, 1967-1968. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Includes course descriptions for Anthropology 209: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; 210: Current Anthropology; 342: Space, Time, and World-view; 331: Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica (with bibliography); 361: Structural Anthropology; 530: Peoples and Cultures of the American Southwest (with reading list); a guide to the Whorfian Hypothesis; and a selective bibliography of symbolic anthropology.

Physical Description

1 box

Papers Presented to the Students' Seminar, 1970. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Papers that were presented for discussion at meetings of the department's Students' Seminar in Spring, 1970. Meetings occurred on Tuesday evenings and included presentations of papers followed by panelists.

Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest