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May Mandelbaum Edel papers

Creator:
Edel, May M. (May Mandelbaum), 1909-1964  Search this
Edel, Abraham, 1908-2007  Search this
Names:
Benedict, Ruth, 1887-1948  Search this
Boas, Franz, 1858-1942  Search this
Extent:
4.58 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Culture:
Jews  Search this
Indians of North America -- Plateau  Search this
Chiga (African people)  Search this
Okanagan Indians  Search this
Kru (African people)  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Lecture notes
Correspondence
Field notes
Place:
Uganda
Brownsville (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1928-1996
bulk 1928-1964
Summary:
May Mandelbaum Edel (1909-1964) taught anthropology at Brooklyn College and the New School for Social Research, and founded the Anthropology Department at Rutgers University in 1960. She conducted fieldwork in Washington; Oregon; Uganda; and Brownsville, New York. The collection consists of field notes, lecture notes, language notes, manuscripts, books, correspondence, teaching materials, conference files, and personal papers. Included are lecture notes taken from courses with Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict, and extensive field notes for her work with the Okanagan Indians in Washington, the Bachiga (Bakiga) in Uganda, and Jewish families in Brownsville, New York.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of May Mandelbaum Edel document her student and professional career as an anthropologist. The collection consists of field notes, lecture notes, language notes, manuscripts, books, correspondence, teaching materials, conference files, and personal papers. Some of Edel's lecture notes reflect courses taken with Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict. The language notes include vocabulary lists, and are for Bullom, and possibly Salish and Tillamook. There are also extensive field notes for her work with the Okanagan in Washington, the Chiga in Uganda, and Jewish families in Brownsville, New York. Writings include annotated drafts of manuscripts on the Chiga of Uganda as well as an annotated draft of her book The Story of People. Correspondence includes letters from Franz Boas and Ernest B. Kalibala. Also included is correspondence for Abraham Edel regarding Edel's published works and the donation of her papers.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 7 series:

Series 1: Research, circa 1930s - circa 1960s; Series 2: Writings, 1933-1995; Series 3: Writings By Others circa 1920s-1966; Series 4: Personal Files, circa 1950s-1967; Series 5: Student Files, 1928-1935; Series 6: Correspondence, 1932-1996, undated; Series 7: Professional Files, 1929-1963;
Biographical/Historical note:
May Mandelbaum Edel was born on December 1, 1909 in New York. As a student at Barnard College, she took graduate anthropology classes at Columbia University under Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict. She continued her graduate studies at Columbia University and was awarded her Ph.D. in 1940. Her first fieldwork experience was with the Okanagan in 1930, and in the following year she conducted linguistic research among the Tillamook. As a fellow of the National Research Council, she traveled to Western Uganda in 1932 and stayed in the village of Bufuka (with the Bachiga people) where she did ethnographic work. In 1934 she married philosopher Abraham Edel, whom she would later collaborate with on the book Anthropology and Ethics. She taught anthropology at Brooklyn College and at the New School for Social Research, and in 1960, founded the Anthropology Department at Rutgers University. May Mandelbaum Edel passed away on May 23, 1964 at the age of 54.

Chronology

1909 -- Born on December 1 in New York

1929 -- B.A. from Barnard College

1930 -- Field research in Washington among the Okanagan

1931 -- Field research in Oregon among the Tillamook

1932 -- Field research among the Chiga in Uganda

1934 -- Married Abraham Edel

1940 -- Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University

1947 -- Field research among Jewish families in Brownsville, New York

1956 -- Professor, New School for Social Research

1960 -- Founded the Anthropology Department at Rutgers University

1964 -- Died of illness on May 23
Related Materials:
The Bullom and Kru materials complement three tape recordings, apparently of these same individuals, and said to have been "collected by Franz Boas," that are deposited in the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University.
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the National Anthropological Archives by May Mandelbaum Edel's daughter, Deborah Edel, in 2005.
Restrictions:
The May Mandelbaum Edel papers are open for research.
Rights:
Contact the naa@si.edu for terms of use.
Topic:
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Northern Bullom language  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Lecture notes
Correspondence
Field notes
Citation:
May Mandelbaum Edel papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2005-27
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May Mandelbaum Edel papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2005-27

John Peabody Harrington papers: Duwamish, 1910

Creator:
Harrington, John Peabody 1884-1961  Search this
Physical description:
0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Culture:
Duwamish Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Type:
Field notes
Vocabulary
Lecture notes
Maps
Place:
King County (Wash.)
Date:
1910
Topic:
Puget Sound Salish languages  Search this
Snohomish language  Search this
Clallam language  Search this
Language and languages--Documentation  Search this
Linguistics  Search this
Ethnology  Search this
Names, Ethnological  Search this
Names, Geographical  Search this
Local number:
Accession #1976-95
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions on access
Contact the repository for terms of use
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John Peabody Harrington papers: Alaska/Northwest Coast, 1910, 1933-1957
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_363322

John Peabody Harrington papers: Miscellaneous linguistic and ethnographic notes, circa 1907-1957

Creator:
Harrington, John Peabody 1884-1961  Search this
Laird, Carobeth 1895-1983  Search this
Physical description:
3 boxes
Culture:
Indians of North America  Search this
Indians of North America Northwest Coast of North America  Search this
Eskimos  Search this
Chukchi  Search this
Type:
Vocabulary
Lecture notes
Date:
1907
1907-1957
circa 1907-1957
Topic:
Language and languages--Documentation  Search this
Linguistics  Search this
Phonetics  Search this
Grammar, Comparative and general  Search this
Anthropometry  Search this
Local number:
Accession #1976-95
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions on access
Contact the repository for terms of use
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John Peabody Harrington papers: Notes and writings on special linguistic studies, 1907-1957
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_363637

William Armand Lessa papers, 1927-1984, bulk 1930-1970

Creator:
Lessa, William Armand  Search this
Correspondent:
Baker, George W  Search this
Boxer, C.R  Search this
Bryan, Edwin H  Search this
Coolidge, Harold J  Search this
De Young, John  Search this
Diffie, Bailey  Search this
Draper, George  Search this
Gladwin, Thomas  Search this
Goodenough, Ward H  Search this
Hooton, Earnest Albert  Search this
Meighan, Clement W  Search this
Neyret, J Father  Search this
Pyle, Leilani  Search this
Riesenberg, Saul H  Search this
Shapiro, Harry Lionel  Search this
Simon, Gwladys  Search this
Walter, William J  Search this
Whalen, Richard V  Search this
Yamalmai, Pedro  Search this
Subject:
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Constitution Clinic  Search this
Twentieth Century-Fox  Search this
Physical description:
11 linear feet (25 boxes)
Culture:
Hawaiian-Chinese  Search this
Ulithi  Search this
Chinese  Search this
Jews  Search this
Samoans  Search this
Italians  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Journals (accounts)
Field notes
Lecture notes
Reading notes
Physical anthropology forms
Psychological tests
Census records
Movie scripts
Genealogies
Photographs
Maps
Charts
Financial records
Manuscripts
Printed materials
Place:
Carolina Islands
Caroline Islands
Date:
1927
1927-1984
bulk 1930-1970
1930-1950
Topic:
Martial arts  Search this
Body divination  Search this
Somatomancy  Search this
Ethnozoology  Search this
Religion  Search this
Criminal anthropology  Search this
Ethnobotany  Search this
Language and languages--Documentation  Search this
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_87777

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