Ward H. Goodenough papers
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Ward Hunt Goodenough, a native of Cambridge Massachusetts attended Cornell University for his undergraduate education. Following college, he married Ruth A. Gallagher and then did his military service in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, exiting as a Technical Sergeant. Following the Army, he resumed his education at Yale University receiving his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1949.
After graduation from Yale, Goodenough began teaching at the University of Wisconsin. After one year, he and his wife moved to Pennsylvania and he attained a position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Goodenough's studies in cultural and linguistic anthropology took him to the Gilbert Island and Papua, New Guinea in 1951. He returned to New Guinea in 1954 to do additional ethnographic study. He visited Truk, Micronesia first in 1954 and then did extensive field work there from 1964 to 1966.
Dr. Goodenough published his discoveries in many articles and books. His books includeProperty, Kin, and Community on Truk; and Cooperation in Change, and Description and Comparison in Cultural Anthropology. In addition to a full professorship at Penn, Dr. Goodenough was an Associate Curator of General Ethnology at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Among his many memberships were the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Linguistic Society of America.
Two record storage cartons of Dr. Ward Goodenough's correspondence and field notes from museum expeditions to New Guinea (1951) and New Britain (1953-1954).
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Contains correspondence, field notes, word lists, family trees, maps, photographs and audio tapes. The general correspondence is limited to only one letter, and the file for Dr Patricia Parker concern translation of Trukese poetry. The field notes for 1947 are contained in cards (boxes 13 and 14) and organized by Human Relations Area File major subject divisions (first two digits of the three digit HRAF code). The audio tapes (reel to reel) are recordings of Turkese music.
Correspondence, field notes (raw and notes organized by HRAF classification numbers), Reports and Manuscripts, Language notes, family trees and photographs.
Correspondence, field notes, notes on Ferguson and Goodenough Islands (both which he visited briefly), and New Britain, photographs, reports, and personal documents.
Correspondence (granting agencies, Ruth Goodenough, Ann Chowding, Charles Valentine, and several letters concerning a major dispute between Valentine and a Fra Berger), field note books, field notes organized by HRAF categories (the two digit numbers on the folders denote the HRAF major subject divisions), language notes (Kakanai, Kapore, Mangseng, Nakanai, Willaumez, Bola, Guara, and Banaule ), drawings (Takalai children), family trees, photographs, audio tapes (music), reports and manuscripts (includes several unpublished papers from Ann Chowning, and Lakalai and Nakanai dictionaries).