Alfred Marston Tozzer professional papers and research notes
- 1900-1954 (bulk)
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In addition to Tozzer's contribution as an educator, he held many executive positions throughout his career, such as the Director of the International School of American Archaeology in Mexico, Department Chair of Anthropology, Director of the Harvard Alumni Association, President of the American Anthropological Association, Faculty Member and Librarian of the Peabody Museum, to name a few. He also served on the Academic Board at Radcliffe, the National Research Council, and the Social Science Research Council.
Tozzer also fulfilled his military duties for the both World Wars. During World War I, he served as a Captain of Air Services, and during World War II, as a director of the Honolulu branch of the Office of the Strategic Services. While serving in World War II, he produced works not only of military value, but also of anthropological value, most representatively his study of Okinawa.
Tozzer authored many publications, including his first scholarly publication, A comparative study of the Mayas and the Lacandones (1907), A grammar of the Maya language (1921), and Landa's Relacion de las Cosas de Yucatan (1941). His monumental monograph, Chichen Itza and its Cenote of Sacrifice (1957) was published posthumously.
Tozzer married Margaret Tenney Castle (1886-1978) of Honolulu in 1913. Margaret Castle was born in 1886, the daughter of George P. Cook, founder of Castle and Cook Co. in Hawaii, a food holding company. The couple left a daughter, now Joan Tozzer Cave of Chestnut Hill, Mass., who has six children.
- Philips, Phillip. 1955. " Alfred Marston Tozzer,1877-1954." American Antiquity, 21(1) (July): 72-80.
- Lothrop,S.K.1955. "Alfred Marston Tozzer,1876-1954." American Anthropologist, 57(3)(June): 614-8.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers were donated by Alfred M. Tozzer, January 15, 1941
- Tozzer, Alfred Marston (1877-1954), Professional Papers and Research Notes, bulk, 1900-1954: A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
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