John Phillip Gillin papers
- 1927–1973 (bulk)
- Gillin, Helen Norgord (Person)
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At the Peabody Museum, Gillin trained under Roland Dixon and A.M. Tozzer and received his PhD in anthropology in 1934 (The Barama River Caribs of British Guiana). Gillin was on the Peabody staff in 1934 and made trips to Ecuador on the Museum's behalf, studying the cultures of the Imbabura province. He also worked on Peabody archaeological sites at Nine Mile Canyon, Utah, culminating with his Peabody Papers publication, Archaeological Investigations in Central Utah, (vol. XVII, No. 2, 1941.)
From 1937 to 1941, Gillin held a position at Ohio State University. During this time he also spent a year at Yale University in the Institute of Human Relations, studying the intersection of psychology and anthropology. In 1942 Gillin accepted a position in the anthropology department at Duke University. With the onset of World War II, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Gillin continued to teach at Duke until 1946 when he accepted a professorship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he founded the anthropology Ph D program. He left UNC in 1959 to found the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh where he retired from in 1972.
In 1973, Gillin passed away at his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he had chosen to retire. John Gillin is remembered for his field study of Central and South American culture, for shaping U.S. Latin American policy, and for his pioneering work in interpreting culture within the framework of scientific investigation.
- Reina, Ruben E. Obituaries: John Phillip Gillin 1907-1973. AmericanAnthropologist . vol. 78, no. 1. March 1976, pp. 79-86.
- Series I: Personal materials, 1927-1973,n.d.
- Series II: Fieldwork, 1930-1968.
- Series: III: Student work, 1930-1934.
- Series IV: Teaching and related materials, 1955-1970.
- Series V: Writings, 1932-1970.
- Series VI: Helen L. Gillinmaterial, 1934-1963.
- Series VII: Photographic material, 1937-1947.
- Series VIII: Card files, 1945 and n.d.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Gillin, John Phillip (1907–1973) Papers, bulk 1927–1973: A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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