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Clement Meighan Interview with S.A. Barrett ca. 1961

Catalog Data

Meighan, Clement W  Search this
Physical description:
reference 1 video cassette (43 min.) snd. b&w 1/2 inch VHS
master 1 video cassette (43 min.) snd. b&w BetacamSP
reference 2 film reels (1,549 ft.) snd. b&w 16mm
archival original 2 film reels (1,549 ft.) snd. b&w 16mm
preservation sound 2 film reels (1,549 ft.) b&w 16mm
Collection descriptions
North America
ca 1961
title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work)---archival collection
Footage of an interview of anthropologist Dr. S.A Barrett (1879-1965), first student to receive his degree under Dr. Alfred Kroeber, by anthropologist Dr. Clement Meighan discussing Barrett's career. Barrett recalls his store-owner father who was the first to allow American Indians to trade inside a store; collecting baskets from these American Indians as a youth to sell to tourists, keeping those that were of particular interest for study; his growing interest in studying American Indians systematically; his opportunity to be Dr. Kroeber's first PhD student in the newly formed anthropology department at the University of California, Berkeley; establishment of the museum at Berkeley (based on Phoebe Hearst's private collection) and the impact of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire on the collections; working under Franz Boas; his research on the Pomo Indians; collecting American Indian artifacts for John Wanamaker; the importance of material culture studies; job opportunities for newly graduated PhDs in anthropology; his research in South America; the National Science Foundation funded project to film the material culture of California Indians; using motion pictures in field work; and collecting older films to document lost arts and crafts. Barrett shows two Pomo baskets that he had given to his mother 65 years earlier. The interview ends as sound only. Film footage shot by Joan Meighan.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
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Local number:
HSFA 1998.10.1
Restrictions & Rights:
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives