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Sydel Silverman papers, 1939-2010, bulk 1949-2010

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Silverman, Sydel  Search this
Riegelhaupt, Joyce F  Search this
City University of New York  Search this
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research  Search this
Physical description:
23.3 linear feet (58 document boxes) plus 1 oversize box
Italians  Search this
Collection descriptions
Field notes
Sound recordings
bulk 1949-2010
The papers of Sydel Silverman were processed with the assistance of a Wenner-Gren Foundation Historical Archives Program grant awarded to Sydel Silverman.
Sydel Silverman is an anthropologist known for her work as a researcher, writer, academic administrator, and foundation executive. Her career in anthropology began with her graduate studies at the University of Chicago (1952-1957) and Columbia University (1957-63). After graduation she started teaching at Queens College in New York (1962-75) and became Executive Officer of the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Anthropology (1975-86). After leaving CUNY, she moved on to the Wenner-Gren Foundation, serving as president of the Foundation from 1987-99.
Silverman's primary areas of research include traditional agrarian systems, land reform, and festivals in central Italy; and the history and practice of anthropology.
Electronic finding aid available via the website of the National Anthropological Archives.
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Sydel Silverman in April 2011.
Collection is organized into 10 series: 1) Field Research, 1939-2002 [bulk 1960-1987]; 2) Correspondence, 1959-2009; 3) Writings, 1963-2009; 4) Wenner-Gren Foundation Files, 1985-2009; 5) Professional Activities, 1961-2010; 6) Teaching Files, 1958-2005; 7) Biographical Files, 1961-2008; 8) Student Files, 1949-65; 9) Photographs, 1961-2002; 10) Sound Recordings, 1960-61
This collection contains the professional papers of anthropologist Sydel Silverman. Included are research materials consisting of field notes, journals, other scholars<U+201F> publications, and newspaper clippings; correspondence; postcards; calendars; published and unpublished writings; conference papers and lectures; brochures; itineraries; conference meeting notes; teaching files, including syllabi and reading lists; student files such as class notes and papers from Silverman<U+201F>s years as an anthropology student; photographs and slides; and sound recordings.
The materials in this collection document Silverman<U+201F>s travels through Italy while conducting field research, her role as an educator and academic administrator, and her involvement in professional organizations such as the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the American Anthropological Association. Silverman participated heavily in conferences and seminars across the U.S. and internationally. A copious note taker, Silverman recorded her reflections on many of these experiences. Her notes can be found throughout the collection.
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Sydel Silverman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.:
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland
Festivals  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Peasants  Search this
Women anthropologists  Search this
Anthropology--History  Search this
Land reform  Search this
Restrictions & Rights:
Files containing Silverman<U+201F>s students<U+201F> grades and papers have been restricted, as have grant and fellowships applications sent to Silverman to review and her comments on them. For preservation reasons, the computer disks from the Beast on the Table are also restricted
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Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives