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Society for Visual Anthropology records, 1968-2013

Creator:
Society for Visual Anthropology (U.S.)  Search this
Biella, Peter  Search this
Chalfen, Richard  Search this
Collier, Malcolm 1948-  Search this
El Guindi, Fadwa  Search this
Ruby, Jay  Search this
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Zeller, Anne 1947-  Search this
American Anthropological Association  Search this
Physical description:
5 linear feet (12 boxes) and 1 oversized box, 1 map folder, and 1 digital storage media
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Collection descriptions
Date:
1968
1968-2013
Topic:
Visual anthropology  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions on access
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Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_363019

Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers

Topic:
Joanna Cohan Scherer v. S. Dillon Ripley
Handbook of North American Indians (Monograph)
Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Extent:
13.5 cu. ft. (13 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Newspapers
Newsletters
Serials (publications)
Date:
1960-2014
Descriptive Entry:
Joanna Cohan Scherer was employed by the Smithsonian Institution from 1966-2006. She worked at the Smithsonian Office of Anthropology Archives (later known as the National Anthropological Archives) as a museum technician until 1970 when she was asked to become illustrations researcher of the Handbook of North American Indians, a 20-volume encyclopedia. She served as the Handbook's illustrations researcher for 36 years until May 2006 when she retired, becoming an emeritus anthropologist. During her tenure at the Handbook she was responsible for illustrations relating to people and activities (non-artifact illustrations) and did the original research and writing of captions for the pictures she selected. The Handbook was officially closed December 8, 2007, having published 15 of 20 volumes.

Scherer initiated three legal actions during her employment. The first, February 6, 1974, was a class action and employment discrimination suit on the basis of gender against the Department of Anthropology. After a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hearing, the discrimination complaint was found in her favor on March 12, 1975; it was shown that there had been a climate of discrimination against women in the Department of Anthropology in both hiring and promotion. No woman had ever been hired as a Curator in the Department of Anthropology despite the large number of professional women in anthropology. As a result of her settlement her employment title was changed from Museum Specialist to Anthropologist. Also, as a result of her case the first woman curator in anthropology was hired within the year (Adrienne Kaeppler).

In 1976, she filed a reprisal complaint that was heard in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Scherer vs. Ripley, CA 77-1856). The U.S. District Court determined that Handbook management had engaged in numerous incidents of reprisal against her and found in her favor on February 11, 1982.

Scherer sued the Smithsonian for reprisal for the third and final time in 2000. This suit was dropped by Scherer as a result of the serious illness and death (in 2002) of Carolyn Rose who in 2000 had been the supervisor who initiated reprisals against her.

Scherer's papers show that various supervisors harassed her, unfairly critiqued her work, and passed her up for deserved promotions. The contents of her files consist of performance evaluations, depositions, correspondence with the Handbook staff, witness statements, Scherer's diary notes and daily calendars, general information on the federal employment of women, and supporting documents such as brochures, booklets, newspapers, clippings, newsletters, and serial publications. These papers also create a detailed production history of the Handbook of North American Indians. An abbreviated production history written by Scherer is due to be published in Handbook volume 1, Introduction (edited by Igor Krupnik) scheduled for publication in 2020. The two chapters written or co-authored by Scherer are titled "The Production:1970-2008" and "The Handbook: A Retrospective."
Topic:
Natural history museums  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Museums -- Employees  Search this
Supervision of employees  Search this
Personnel management  Search this
Sexism in science  Search this
Labor disputes  Search this
Anthropology  Search this
Litigation  Search this
Law  Search this
Anthropologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Clippings
Newspapers
Newsletters
Serials (publications)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Identifier:
Accession 19-190
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-fa19-190

Performance evaluation, supporting materials: letters of recommendation, 1989-1990

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1009

Performance evaluation: Elements 1, 3, 4, 5, 1990-1991

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1020

Performance evaluation, 1991-1992

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1031

Performance evaluation: Element 1, professional activities, research, 1991-1992

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1043

Performance evaluation: Element 5, public service, 1991-1992

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1054

Performance evaluation, 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1065

Performance evaluation: Element 1, public service, 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1076

Performance evaluation: Element 2 (Wrensted Exhibit), 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1087

Performance evaluation: Element 3, Publication, 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1098

Performance evaluation: Element 5, 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1110

Performance evaluation: Elements 1-4, 1993-1994

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1121

Performance evaluation: Element 5, 1993-1994

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
See more items in:
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1132

Performance evaluation: Element 1, 1994-1995

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
See more items in:
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1143

Performance evaluation: Element 2, 1994-1995

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
See more items in:
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1154

Performance evaluation: Element 3, 1994-1995

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
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Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1165

Performance evaluation: Element 4, 1994-1995

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
See more items in:
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1177

Performance evaluation: Element 5 (Wrensted Exhibit), 1994-1995

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
See more items in:
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1188

Performance evaluation: Element 1, 1995-1996

Collection Creator::
Scherer, Joanna Cohan  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 14
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 19-190, Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
See more items in:
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers
Joanna Cohan Scherer Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa19-190-refidd1e1199

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