Carl E. Guthe papers
- 1916-1934 (inclusive)
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Extent.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
In 1922 Guthe was hired as the first anthropologist at the University of Michigan and became Director of the Museum of Anthropology in 1928. He also led the Philippine Expedition (supported by Horace H. Rackham). At Michigan, Guthe was instrumental in developing museum education for both undergraduates and graduate students. In 1928 Guthe became the first chair of the Department of Anthropology and in 1943 was appointed full professor.
In 1944 Guthe left Michigan to accept the position Director of the New York State Museum, a post he held until 1953. Here he also expanded eduational activities and in 1947, the Museum Education Office was established. While at the New York State Museum, Guthe was instrumental in restructuring the administration of research resulting in the creation of the New York State Science service in 1945.
In 1953, Guthe left the New York State Museum to become a research associate for the American Associations of Museums in Washington, D.C. In this position, Guthe gathered data on the programs and administration of 500-600 museums. Unfortunately, most of this data was lost in a fire at his son's home in 1959.
Carl E. Guthe is remembered for his work to professionalize American archaeology. In 1927, Guthe chaired the Committee on State Archaeological Surveys of the National Research Council (NRC), working to systematize state archaeological site surveys. He also orgainized regional conferences to review archaeological issues. Guthe was instrumental in creating the Society for American Archaeology and the journal American Antiquity.
- "Carl E. Guthe". University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropology.http://www.lsa.umich.edu/umma/about/history/carleguthe_ci
- "History of theNew York State Museum". New York State Museum. http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/history/html/faces-directors.html
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers are a gift of Alfred K. Guthe, Carl E. Guthe's son October 10, 1977
- Guthe, Carl E. , 1893-1974, Papers (1916-1934, inclusive) : A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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