Series 1 documents aspects of Carpenter's ethnographic and archaeological field research, focusing specifically on geographic sites of research in the Canadian Arctic, Papua New Guinea, Iceland and Greenland, and western Pennsylvania. This series is topically related to, but distinct from, Series 2, which focuses on archival and museum research into thematic ethnographic and media studies projects.
The bulk of the field research documented in this series relates to Carpenter's 1950s research into the Aivilik Inuit of the Canadian arctic, as well as to his pre-doctoral archaeological dig at the Sugar Run mounds in western Pennsylvania from 1940-1941. Among the Aivilik, Carpenter studied various cultural and cosmological aspects of Inuit society; this series contains his notes as well as narrative observations and analysis, as well as a handwritten reproduction of the diary of Aivilik man Ohnainewk (Harry Gibbons). From Sugar Run, Carpenter's records document Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artifact and burial sites uncovered during a pre-World War II Works Progress Administration (WPA) archaeological excavation. Other material in this series relates to Carpenter's travel to and interest in the settlements of Iceland and Greenland, as well as some of his ethnographic and historical research into Papua New Guinea. A sub-series of miscellaneous research notes is included at the end of this series (sub-series 1.5).
Material in this series consists of handwritten and typewritten notes as well as notebooks; artifact and burial records (from Sugar Run); correspondence; drawings; maps; reports; photographs; and drafts of analysis reflecting on his collected notes and research.
Series 1 is divided into the following 5 sub-series:
(1.1) Arctic: Inuit/Aivilik, circa 1948-1959;
(1.2) Papua/New Guinea, circa 1969-circa 1971, undated;
(1.3) Arctic: Iceland and Greenland, circa 1993;
(1.4) Sugar Run, Pennsylvania, 1940-1969 (bulk 1940-1941);
(1.5) Miscellaneous, 1950-2011.
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Edmund Snow Carpenter papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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