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S. Ann Dunham papers

Creator:
Dunham, S. Ann (Stanley Ann)  Search this
Extent:
18 Linear feet ((44 boxes))
Culture:
Javanese (Indonesian people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Indonesia
Date:
1965-2013
Summary:
The S. Ann Dunham papers, 1965-2013, primarily document her work as an economic anthropologist in Indonesia. The papers include her dissertation research on blacksmithing and materials relating to her professional work as a consultant for organizations like the Ford Foundation and Bank Raykat Indonesia (BRI). Her work included projects on microcredit, women in development, and rural industries. Materials consist of field notebooks, correspondence, reports, research proposals, case studies, surveys, lectures, photographs, research files, and floppy disks.
Scope and Contents:
The S. Ann Dunham papers, 1965-2013, primarily document her work as an economic anthropologist in Indonesia. The papers include her dissertation research on blacksmithing and materials relating to her professional work as a consultant for organizations like the Ford Foundation and Bank Raykat Indonesia (BRI). Her work included projects on microcredit, women in development, and rural industries. Materials consist of field notebooks, correspondence, reports, research proposals, case studies, surveys, lectures, photographs, research files, and floppy disks.

The field notebooks are mostly written in English, but also contain a mixture of Indonesian and Javanese, and include notes from her years of fieldwork in central Java, work-related travel, experiences as a consultant, and notes on readings.

The bulk of the professional materials relate to Dunham's work at the Ford Foundation as Program Officer for Women and Employment in Jakarta from 1981-1984. Her work with the Provincial Development Program in the Indonesian Department of Industries, a consultancy in Pakistan, at Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), and at Women's World Banking are represented to a lesser degree.

Academic materials primarily deal with Dunham's work toward her PhD, including her comprehensive exams and her dissertation.

The personal and biographical materials include limited material regarding her son, President Barack Obama, and a comprehensive collection of her resumes and qualifications.

The bulk of the photographs relate to Dunham's early field research for dissertation, and subsequently her work as a consultant.

Materials related to Dunham's computer files from 1991-1995 includes floppy disks, inventories, copies of floppy disks on CDs with content lists, and printouts of selected documents. They include final versions of her dissertation and files relating to her work with Women's World Banking and DAI (Development Alternatives Incorporated). The floppy disks and CD-roms are unavailable for research. The printed inventories, content lists, and documents are available.

The reference and research materials were collected by Dunham over the course of her career and studies. A bibliography of the majority of the reference and research materials is filed with the materials.

The collected materials about S. Ann Dunham comprise files posthumously collected by Bronwen Solyom about Dunham and her legacy. These include academic files, publication files, biographical material, and files relating to the recognition of Dunham and her work.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 8 series: Series 1. Field notebooks, 1977-1994; Series 2. Professional, 1974-1994, undated; Series 3. Academic, 1973-1992, undated; Series 4. Personal and biographical, 1965-1994, undated; Series 5. Photographs, 1978-1992, undated; Series 6. Computer files, 1991-2012, undated; Series 7. Reference and research, circa 1969-2012, undated; Series 8. Collected materials about S. Ann Dunham, 1972-2013, undated.
Biographical Note:
Chronology

1942 November 29 -- Born in Wichita, Kansas

1961 August 4 -- Son Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. born in Hawaii

1967 -- BA, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii

1967 -- First trip to Indonesia

1970 August 15 -- Daughter Maya Soetoro born in Indonesia

1972-1973 -- Asia Foundation grant

1973-1974 -- Part-time instructor in handicrafts, Bishop Museum, Honolulu

1973-1978 -- East-West Center, Technology and Development Institute grant

1975 -- M.A. in Anthropology, University of Hawaii

1975 -- Went to Indonesia for PhD fieldwork

1979-1980 -- Consultant on international development, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

1981-1984 -- Program Officer for Women and Employment, Ford Foundation Regional Office for Southeast Asia, Jakarta

1986-1987 -- Rural Development Consultant to the Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan, under the Gujranwala Integrated Rural Development Project (GADP), credit component

1988-1992 -- Research Coordinator and Consultant to the Bank Rakyat Indonesia (under 3 separate contracts funded by the World Bank and USAID in microfinance)

1992 -- PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii

1992-1994 -- Research and Policy Coordinator, Women's World Bank, New York City

1995 November 7 -- Died in Honolulu

Stanley Ann Dunham was an anthropologist who worked primarily in Indonesia conducting research for her PhD in economic anthropology while also building a professional career as an international consultant with various non-governmental organizations. Born in 1942 in Kansas, Dunham attended high school in Mercer Island, WA and moved to Honolulu, HI with her family. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she received her BA in 1967, her MA in 1975, and her PhD in 1992, all in anthropology.

Dunham's research and work dealt mostly with Indonesian handicrafts and small non-argricultural rural industries, including the study of economic and technical aspects that were important to enabling and sustaining development and village level microfinance programs.

Her dissertation Peasant Blacksmithing in Indonesia: Surviving Against all Odds was completed in 1992. The first half of her dissertation was published posthumously in 2009.

Dunham is the mother of President Barack Obama.

She died on November 7, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

(Chronology courtesy of the Ann Dunham Chronology by Ellen Chapman, S. Ann Dunham papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.)
Separated Materials:
Objects have been transferred to the Anthropology Collections department. For more information please contact the department at 301.238.1340.
Provenance:
These papers were donated to the NAA by Ann Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng, in 2011.
Restrictions:
The S. Ann Dunham papers are open for research.

Electronic records are unavailable for research. Please contact the reference archivist for additional information.

Access to the S. Ann Dunham papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
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Topic:
Women anthropologists  Search this
Economic anthropology  Search this
Mothers of presidents -- United States  Search this
Microfinance  Search this
Blacksmithing  Search this
Citation:
S. Ann Dunham papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.2011-04
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2011-04
Online Media:

Ohio - History and Heritage

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 08 Nov 2007 05:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Search this
See more post:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_123d340597010f8c63682046d93feb0e

Sara and Eleanor : the story of Sara Delano Roosevelt and her daughter-in-law, Eleanor Roosevelt / Jan Pottker

Author:
Pottker, Janice  Search this
Subject:
Roosevelt, Sara Delano 1854-1941  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor 1884-1962  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2004
Topic:
Mothers of presidents  Search this
Mothers of presidents--Family relationships  Search this
Mothers-in-law  Search this
Presidents' spouses  Search this
Presidents' spouses--Family relationships  Search this
Daughters-in-law  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825611

Faith Of Our Mothers : the Stories of Presidential Mothers from Mary Washington to Barbara Bush / Harold I. Gullan

Author:
Gullan, Harold I. 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 394 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Mothers of presidents  Search this
Mothers of presidents--Religious life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_743127

First mothers : the women who shaped the presidents / Bonnie Angelo

Author:
Angelo, Bonnie  Search this
Physical description:
x, 451 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Mothers of presidents  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_606983

Rose : the life and times of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy / Charles Higham

Author:
Higham, Charles 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald 1890-1995  Search this
Kennedy family  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 454 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
C1995
Topic:
Mothers of presidents  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496572

The mothers of American Presidents

Author:
Faber, Doris 1924-  Search this
Physical description:
271 p. ports. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1968
[1968]
Topic:
Mothers of presidents  Search this
Call number:
E176.3 .F115
E176.3.F115
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_21959

A singular woman : the untold story of Barack Obama's mother / Janny Scott

Author:
Scott, Janny  Search this
Subject:
Dunham, S. Ann (Stanley Ann)  Search this
Obama, Barack Family  Search this
Physical description:
376 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2011
Topic:
Mothers of presidents  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_970648

Culver Stone, (sculpture)

Title:
Nancy Hanks Lincoln Memorial Stone, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Thompson, Stickle  Search this
Fabricator:
Culver, J. S.  Search this
Culver Construction Company  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: Vermont granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Located Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial End of the Trail of Twelve Stones Lincoln City Indiana
Date:
Ca. 1902. Dedicated Oct. 1, 1902
Topic:
Homage--Lincoln, Nancy Hanks  Search this
Control number:
IAS IN000866
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_339068

Nancy Hanks Lincoln Gravestone, (sculpture)

Title:
Studebaker Stone, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Yates, Alfred H.  Search this
Medium:
Gravestone: Italian marble; Base: marble and concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Gravestone
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Located Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Cemetery Lincoln City Indiana
Date:
Autumn 1879. Dedicated Nov. 27, 1879
Topic:
Homage--Lincoln, Nancy Hanks  Search this
Control number:
IAS IN000867
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_339069

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