Lorna and Laurence Marshall expeditionary notebooks and journals
- Marshall, Lawrence Kennedy (Person)
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Although these journals cover the Marshall's journeys to Africa from 1951 to 1968, they also provide many details: Laurence K. Marshall's "record books" encompass records of daily accounts, expenditures, travel planning information (packing lists, distance and mileage, etc) and contact information of various associates. Also included are Laurence's logs and items such as a financing plan regarding a film study center and a copy of the Harvard Crimson containing a review of John Marshall's film about the Bushmen (item 2003.36.1.22).
Despite their lack of training in the field, the family was profoundly affected by their time spent in the Kalahari, and with the !Kung and related tribes. The family returned to Africa several times over the next two decades, sometimes for periods extending more than a year. Lorna began studying anthropology and ethnology and eventually became a leading authority on the Bushmen. Over the years, she published numerous articles and several books: The !Kung of Nyae Nyae (1976) and Nyae Nyae !Kung Beliefs and Rites (1999). During this time, Elizabeth also began writing and eventually published several books: The Secret Life of Dogs and The Harmless People (1959). John Marshall utilized his role as cameraman to become an accomplished documentary film maker and an advocate for Bushmen's rights.
Laurence died in 1980 and Lorna in 2002, leaving behind a legacy of research on what became, according to Lorna's obituary, one of the world's most studied groups of traditional hunter-gatherers.
- Collins, Geneva : Epic Kalahari documentary may help Bushmen repel 'theMyth'
- McCarthy, Susan: ElizabethMarshall Thomas
- Harvard Gazette Archives.Marshall Collection opens at Peabody.
- Marshall, Lorna. Nyae Nyae !Kung Beliefs and Rites. Cambridge, MA. : Peabody Museum ofArchaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 1999.
- New YorkTimes obituary for Laurence Marshall, Nov 8, 1980, p.28, accessed through Proquestdatabase.
- New York Times obituary for Lorna Marshall, July30, 2002, p.17, accessed through Lexis-Nexis database.
- Series I: Lorna Marshall Diaries andNotes 1951, 1952-1953, 1955
- Series II: Laurence K. MarshallRecord Books 1928, 1951-1952, 1955, 1956-1957, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1968
- Series III: Laurence K. Marshall Laboratory Notebooks 1950,1956-1957, 1959
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers are a gift of John Kennedy Marshall and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
- !Kung (African people)
- Account books.
- Ethnology -- Africa, Southern
- Ethnology -- Namibia
- Field notes
- G/wi (African people)
- Hunting and gathering societies
- Ju/'hoan language
- Kalahari Desert
- Manuscripts (document genre).
- Research notes
- San (African people)
- San (African people) -- Social life and customs
- Women, !Kung
- Marshall, Lorna and Laurence expeditionary notebooks and journals, 1928, 1951-1968 : A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
- October 2004
- EAD ID
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