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After World War I, Wulsin decided to pursue a career combining scientific exploration and specimen collecting. In 1921, Wulsin embarked for China with his wife, Janet, and another couple, Henry and Susanne Emery. The expedition goals included gathering useful scientific records concerning zoology, meteorology, geology, botany, and recording observations regarding position and relative altitude. In addition, the expedition members observed economic, political, and social activities, spending five months traveling in the province of Shansi. In 1923, the National Geographic Society sponsored Wulsin's expeditions to the Northwest borders of China, and in 1924 to Southwest China,Vietnam, and Laos. Together, the Wulsins collected 1,400 botanical and zoological specimens and documented Buddhist rituals. They also took hundreds of photographs, documented tribespeople and desert landscapes, and were even allowed to photograph the interior of several of the great Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries, usually not allowed for Western visitors. Wulsin donated the resulting zoological specimen collection to Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology which helped fund the expedition.
Subsequently, Wulsin returned to Harvard in 1925, obtained an M.A. (1926) and Ph.D. (1929) in anthropology, his thesis topic: cultural development in Africa's Shari Basin. In the 1930s, Wulsin served as curator of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and later lectured at Boston University. During this time, Janet and Frederick Wulsin divorced and Wulsin married the widowed Susanne Emery, a former China Expedition member.
The Wulsin China expedition produced over 2,000 photographs, 28 of which are featured in the National Geographic Magazine article: "The Road to Wang Yeh Fu" (February, 1926). In 1957, Wulsin donated this rare photographic record to The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard, where it is kept in the Archives along with his photos of Africa, the Near East and an archaeological expedition to Iran (1930-31).
- Babcock, Martha and Donna DussaultFrederick R. Wulsin Collection Finding Aid/Inventory, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Frederick Roelker Wulsin, 1955-1957
- Wulsin, Frederick Roelker (1891-1961) Negatives (1921-1924): A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
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