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H. Scudder Mekeel photographs, circa 1920-1947 (bulk 1930-1933)

view H. Scudder Mekeel photographs, circa 1920-1947 (bulk 1930-1933) digital asset number 1
Creator:
Mekeel, H. Scudder (Haviland Scudder) 1902-1947
Photographer:
Fiske, Frank Bennett 1883-1952
Rise, Carl H. 1888-1939
Subject:
Kroeber, A. L (Alfred Louis) 1876-1960
Collier, John 1884-1968
Laboratory of Anthropology (Museum of New Mexico)
Physical description:
443 negatives : nitrate
235 prints : silver gelatin
1 print : photochrom
Culture:
Oglala Indians
Siouan Indians
Teton Indians
Ojibwa Indians
Hualapai Indians
Hopi Indians
Osage Indians
Pueblo Indians
Taos Indians
Indians of North America Great Plains
Indians of North America Northeast
Indians of North America Southwest, New
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (S.D.)
Standing Rock Indian Reservation (N.D. and S.D.)
Oraibi (Ariz.)
Date:
circa 1920-1947
bulk 1930-1933
Notes:
H. Scudder Mekeel (1902-1947) wasananthropologistwhostudied socialandpsychologicalaspectsofAmericanIndiancultures.Educated at Harvard University (BA, 1928), the University of Chicago (MA, 1929), and Yale University (PhD, 1932), he was a member of the 1929 Laboratory of Anthropology (Santa Fe) ethnological field school led by Alfred L. Kroeber. In 1929-1932, he carried out three field expeditions to the Sioux Indians of South Dakota, working mainly on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs as Director of Applied Anthropology under Commissioner John Collier in 1935. Two years later, he was appointed Director of the Laboratory of Anthropology at Santa Fe and continued there until 1940, when he accepted a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin.
Summary:
Thephotographsprimarilydocumentceremonies,people,andlandsofAmericanIndiansinthePlainsandSouthwest,takenduringMekeel'sfield researchfrom1929to1936.AlargeportionofthecollectiondepictsMekeel'sresearchduringtheearly1930samongtheOglalaofthePineRidgeReservationinSouthDakota.AnotherlargeportionofthecollectionincludespersonalphotosdepictingMekeel'shomesandchildren.
Cite as:
Photo Lot 94-21, the H. Scudder Mekeel photographs, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Local number:
NAA Photo Lot 94-21
Restrictions:
Original nitrate negatives are in cold storage and require special arrangements for viewing
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
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