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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2069

Wulsin family papers


Family papers of the anthropologist and archaeologist Frederick Roelker Wulsin.


  • Creation: 1869-1933 (inclusive), 1905-1933 (bulk)

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.


10 linear feet (13 boxes)

Most of the papers are the personal correspondence between Frederick Roelker Wulsin and other members of the Wulsin family, chiefly his mother Katherine Roelker Wulsin. Also included are papers related to expeditions to China in 1923 and West Africa in 1927-1928, diaries, and photographs. Other correspondents include Alice Forbes Perkins Hooper.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Roelker Wulsin was an anthropologist who collected zoological specimens in East Africa and Madagascar, 1914-1915; and, with his wife, Janet Elliott Wulsin (1894-1963), in China, Mongolia, Kokonor, and Indo-China, 1921-1924. He made archaeological journeys to the Belgian Congo and French Equatorial Africa, 1927-1928; and to Persia, 1930-1931. Wulsin also served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I and taught anthropology at Boston University, 1935-1936, and Tufts, 1945-1957.


Arranged into the following four series:

  1. I. Letters from Frederick Roelker Wulsin
  2. II. Letters to Wulsin
  3. III. Other Wulsin family letters
  4. IV. Compositions and other papers

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

58M-253. Gift of Mr. Frederick Roelker Wulsin, 307 North Ridge Drive, Tucson, Arizona; received: circa 1958.

Additional acquisition information given with the item.

Related Materials

For related materials, see Frederick Roelker Wulsin Papers and related material, Peabody Museum Archives; and Frederick Wulsin Papers (MS Am 1329-1330) Houghton Library.

Processing Information

Processed by: J.F. Coakley and Carol Bain

Wulsin family. Wulsin family papers, 1869-1933 (MS Am 2069): Guide.
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