Frederick Roelker and Janet Elliott Wulsin papers
- 1921-1924 (inclusive)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Extent.25 linear feet (4 folders)
The young couple spent the next four years on expeditions, using their Peking (now Beijing) house as a home base. In 1921, they traveled for several weeks to Shansi Province. The next trip, the "great trek" of 1923, was funded by the National Geographic Society and took them through the Alashan desert to Kansu Province (Gansu), to several monasteries (Labrang, Kumbum, and Choni), to Lanchow, and then back to Peking for several months. Janet became pregnant and left China in 1924, giving birth to Frederick Jr. the following spring. In the meantime, Frederick completed another expedition and returned to America in December of 1924. Janet and Frederick had two more children: Howard Elliott Wulsin and Janet January Wulsin. The couple divorced in 1929. Frederick married Susanne Emery in 1930, who, along with her husband Harry, had traveled in China with the Wulsins. Frederick had a long and distinguished career teaching anthropology at Tufts University; he died in 1961. Janet married Richard Hobart in 1932, and they had one daughter, Mabel "Muffie" Hobart (Cabot). Janet died in 1963.
- Cabot, Mabel H. Vanished Kingdoms: A WomanExplorer in Tibet, China, and Mongolia, 1921-1925. New York: Aperture, 2003
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers are a gift of Dr. Frederick R. Wulsin and were donated to the Museum in 1956. In 1997 they were transferred from the Museum accession files to the Archives.
- Wulsin, Frederick Roelker and Janet Elliott Wulsin Papers, 1921-1924 inclusive: A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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