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Ted Allan Rathbun Papers

Creator:
Rathbun, Ted A., 1942-  Search this
Names:
U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory  Search this
University of Kansas. Department of Anthropology  Search this
University of South Carolina. Department of Anthropology  Search this
Extent:
26 Linear feet (53 document boxes, 4 record storage boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 folder, 3 computer disks)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
South Carolina
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Glorieta National Battlefield (N.M.)
Date:
1961-2004
Summary:
This collection is comprised of the professional papers of Ted Allan Rathbun. The collection documents his career as a forensic anthropologist and educator through correspondence, publications and teaching materials. The collection includes the publications resulting from his research in South Carolina, Egypt, and Glorieta, New Mexico, as well as a small portion of his research data. His other writings that can be found in the collection include his monographs, journal articles, papers presented at conferences, and reviews he wrote for various journals and publications. The collection also includes materials relating to his consulting activities for law enforcement agencies, and military and historical organizations. Additionally, the collection contains materials related to organizations that he was a member of and his syllabi and lecture notes as a professor at the University of South Carolina. The collection also includes Rathbun's course notes when, as a student at the University of Kansas, he studied under William Bass, Ellis Kerley and other notable anthropologists. Among his correspondents were J. Lawrence Angel, Eve Cockburn, Henry Dobyns, Henry Field, T. Dale Stewart, and T. Cuyler Young.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised of the professional papers of Ted Allan Rathbun,. The collection documents his career as a forensic anthropologist and educator through correspondence, publications and teaching materials. The collection includes the publications resulting from his research in South Carolina, Egypt, and Glorieta, New Mexico, as well as a small portion of his research data. His other writings that can be found in the collection include his monographs, journal articles, papers presented at conferences, and reviews he wrote for various journals and publications. The collection also includes materials relating to his consulting activities for law enforcement agencies, and military and historical organizations. Additionally, the collection contains materials related to organizations that he was a member of and his syllabi and lecture notes as a professor at the University of South Carolina. The collection also includes Rathbun's course notes when, as a student at the University of Kansas, he studied under William Bass, Ellis Kerley and other notable anthropologists. Among his correspondents were J. Lawrence Angel, Eve Cockburn, Henry Dobyns, Henry Field, T. Dale Stewart, and T. Cuyler Young.

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Arrangement:
Arranged into 10 series: 1) Correspondence (1969-2004); 2) Field Work (1976-1996, 2001); 3) Consulting Work (1974-2004); 4) Research Data (1977-1980); 5) Publications (1963-2001); 6) Grants (1977-1991); 7) Professional Organizations (1981-2000); 8) Grants and Publications Reviews (1974-2000); 9) University of South Carolina (1970-2004); 10) Education (1961-1970)
Biographical / Historical:
Ted Allan Rathbun (1942-2012) earned his B.A. (1964), M.A. (1966), and Ph.D. (1971) in anthropology from the University of Kansas, where he studied under anthropologist William M. Bass. He taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran, where he became fluent in Farsi and did research for his doctorate. He conducted research on topics as wide-ranging as population growth in Iran; the physical characteristics of Woodland Indians; Coastal South Carolina paleopathology; growth rates among ancient urban states; shark attacks and human remains; social class and health; the history of African American health; and predynastic cemeteries at Hierakonpolis, Upper Egypt. Through his South Carolina field work and publications, Rathbun became noted for expanding the knowledge of Afro-American history from the colonial and Civil War times.

Rathbun was also a pioneer in establishing and expanding the use of forensic anthropology technology by law enforcement. He was licensed in South Carolina to assist coroners, law enforcement officials and medical examiners in identifying human remains. He and his students refined a process for the reconstruction of victim's faces, which were then used to assist in their identification. He served as a consulting physical anthropologist to the Charleston County Medical Examiner (1973-93); Deputy State Archaeologist for Forensics (1985-2000); and Consultant to the U.S. Military Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (1990-2003/2004) where he reviewed cases of military (and civilian) remains from the Vietnam, Korea, and WWII eras. He also participated in the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) efforts for identification of the victims of September 11, 2001.

Rathbun taught at the University of South Carolina for 30 years. He was a popular classroom professor and led research field trips with his students. In 1996 he received the Louise Fry Scudder Faculty Award, which recognized him for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching, student mentoring and advising, and service contributions beyond the university. He retired from full-time teaching in 2000.

Rathbun was also a research associate of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology; director of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology (1985-91); and for 15 years a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In 2005, he was honored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences with the T. Dale Stewart Award — its highest honor in Forensic Anthropology — for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the field.

1942 -- Born April 11

1964 -- Married

1964 -- Earns B.A. from University of Kansas, Honors in Anthropology

1966 -- Earns M.A. from University of Kansas, Physical Anthropology

1966-1968 -- Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran

1970 -- Instructor at the University of South Carolina

1971 -- Earns PhD. from University of Kansas, (Physical Anthropology of SWAsia, Applied Cultural and Cultural Ecology). Dissertation: An Analysis of the Physical Characteristics of the Ancient Inhabitants of Hasanlu, Iran

1971-1975 -- Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina

1975-1984 -- Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina

1984-2000 -- Professor at the University of South Carolina

1987-1989 -- Chairman of the Anthropology Department

1990-1996 -- Undergraduate Director

1996 -- Awarded Louise Fry Scudder professorship

1999 -- Named Distinguished Professor

2000 -- Named Distinguished Professor Emeritus

2005 -- Honored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences with the T. Dale Stewart Award

2012 -- Passed away on November 14
Related Materials:
Rathbun's South Carolina research materials are at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. His other field research data can be found at the Field Museum in Chicago and the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

His body was donated to the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee and the Physical Anthropology Collections, National Museum of Natural History.
Separated Materials:
Biological specimens found within Series 3. Consulting Work, Subseries: Forensic Cases were transferred to Physical Anthropology Collections, National Museum of Natural History. Videos, also from the forensic case files, were transferred to the Human Studies Film Archives.
Provenance:
Dr. Rathbun donated his professional papers to the National Anthropological Archives in 2005. Additional files were donated in 2013 by his wife, Babette Rathbun, after his death.
Restrictions:
Rathbun's forensic case files donated in 2013 are restricted until 2088. Two folders containing student grades have been separated and are restricted until 2055. For preservation reasons, his computer disks have been separated and restricted. Please note that the collection contains images of human remains.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use
Topic:
Forensic anthropology  Search this
Biological anthropology  Search this
Citation:
Ted Allan Rathbun papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.2005-08
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw320f73449-af20-4c18-8457-6510acff1d18
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2005-08

Door socket : Hierakonpolis, Egypt, late predynastic/Naqada III, ca. 3100 B.C

Author:
O'Connor, David B  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
1996
Topic:
Egyptian heads (Representations)  Search this
Predynastic heads (Representations)  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
N7380 .A245 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_832736

City of the hawk

Author:
Friedman, Renée F  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
2003
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Call number:
GN700.A1 A66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_755561

Pebbles, pots and petroglyphs : excavations at Hk64

Author:
Friedman, Renée F  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
1992
Topic:
Rock engravings  Search this
Call number:
GN865.E3 F65 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_761216

Hierakonpolis (Egypt)

Author:
Friedman, Renée F  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
1996
Call number:
CC135 .I585 1995X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_520575

The fort cemetery at Hierakonpolis : excavated by John Garstang / Barbara Adams, with a contribution by Michael A. Hoffmann

Author:
Adams, Barbara 1945-2002  Search this
Hoffmann, Michael A  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 258 p., 27 p. of plates (1 folded) : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
1987
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Tombs  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
DT73.K453 A212 1987
DT73.K453A212 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_372359

The Nubian cemetery at Hierakonpolis, Egypt. : results of the 2003 season

Author:
Friedman, Renée F  Search this
Guiliani, Serena  Search this
Irish, Joel D  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
2004
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Pottery, Nubian  Search this
Nubian cemeteries  Search this
Call number:
DT154.1 .S833
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1013244

The Nubian cemetery at Hierakonpolis, Egypt : results of the 2007 season

Author:
Friedman, Renée F  Search this
Judd, Margaret  Search this
Irish, Joel D  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
2007
Topic:
Burial  Search this
Nubian cemeteries  Search this
Call number:
DT154.1 .S833
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1014316

The Egyptian Expedition, 1934-1935 / The Metropolitan Museum of Art ; [Ambrose Lansing, William C. Hayes, N. de Garis Davies]

Author:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) Egyptian Expedition  Search this
Lansing, Ambrose  Search this
Hayes, William Christopher 1903-1963  Search this
Davies, Norman de Garis 1865-1941  Search this
Subject:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) Egyptian Expedition  Search this
Physical description:
57 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill., plans ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Egypt
Thebes (Egypt : Extinct city)
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
1935
C1935
Topic:
Archaeological expeditions  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
DT60 .M49 1935
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_939066

Nubians at Hierakonpolis

Author:
Friedman, Renée F  Search this
Jones, Jana  Search this
Ikram, Salima  Search this
Giuliani, Serenta  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
2008
Topic:
Excavations (Archaeology)  Search this
Pottery, Prehistoric  Search this
Pottery, Nubian  Search this
Nubian cemeteries  Search this
Call number:
DT154.1 .S833
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_941176

Conservation of the enclosure of Khasekhemwy at Hierakonpolis, Upper Egypt : investigation, experimentation, and implementation / Richard L. Jaeschke and Renee Friedman

Author:
Jaeschke, Richard  Search this
Friedman, Renee F  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Egypt
Hierakonpolis (Extinct city)
Date:
2011
Topic:
Earth architecture  Search this
Earth construction  Search this
Historic preservation  Search this
Mud brick walls  Search this
Egyptian brick houses  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA4145.A35 I565 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_977228

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