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COLLECTION Identifier: 2002.20

Louis Dupree papers


Louis Dupree was an American anthropologist specializing in Afghan studies. This collection includes field notebooks, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographic material relating to Dupree's work in Afghanistan.


  • Creation: 1947-1988.

Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions on access: None.

Conditions Governing Use

Restrictions on use: None.


8 linear feet (8 boxes, photographs); (6 boxes, papers); (10 films)
  1. Series I: Papers. This series consists primarily of field notebooks from 1950-1988. There is also some correspondence, as well as manuscripts, articles, and object labels.
  2. Series II: Photographic Collection. This series includes mounted and loose prints, negatives, figures, photo logs, color transparencies and contact prints.
  3. Series III: Film. Ten film reels comprise the film series. Subjects include, Kataghan & Badaksha Provinces, Afghanistan, archaeology in Afghanistan and the sport of Buzkashi.

Biographical Sketch

Louis Dupree, anthropologist and educator was one of the foremost authorities on Afghanistan, spending many years there since his first visit in 1948. His volume Afghanistan (3rd. ed. Princeton, N.J., 1980) has served as the primary source on the history and culture of the country.

  • 1925 Born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1943-1944 Served as a cadet-midshipman in the Merchant Marine Reserve
  • 1944-1947Served in U.S. Army as an officer in the parachute infantry of the 11th Airborne Division in the Philippines and Okinawa.
  • 1949 Bachelor's degree, Harvard College
  • 1949 Joined summer archaeological survey in Afghanistan
  • 1953 Masters Degree, Harvard University
  • 1955 PhD in anthropology, Harvard University
  • 1959-1983 Associate with the American Universities Field Staff, a cooperative research and teaching program of 11 institutions (expertise, Pakistan and Afghanistan)
  • 1983-1985 Taught at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1985--1989 Senior research associate of Islamic and Arabic Development Studies, Duke University

  1. A Tribute to the Late Dr. Louis Dupree (Senate - May 02, 1989).
  2. Professor Louis Dupree http://www.dupree

Physical Location

Peabody Museum Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition


These papers are a gift of Louis Dupree and were donated by his wife, Nancy Hatch Dupree, July 10, 2002.

Related Collections:

  1. Peabody Museum: #2004.25 Walter A. Fairservis Collection
  2. Indiana University Archives: reel to reel audio tapes, duplicates, Afghanistan, 1961-1963

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Dupree, Louis (1925-1989) Collection, 1947-1988, inclusive: A Finding Aid
Peabody Museum Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Museum Archives Repository

Papers in the Peabody Museum Archives consist of primary source materials that document the Museum’s archaeological and ethnographic research and fieldwork since its founding in 1866. More than 2,800 feet of archival paper collections contain documents, papers, manuscripts, correspondence, data, field notes, maps, plans, and other historical records that represent diverse peoples from around the world, and which were created or collected by the Museum, its individual affiliates, or related entities. The collections also document the history or provenience, as well as the creation of, many of the Museum’s archaeological and ethnographic collections.

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