George Grant MacCurdy papers
- circa 1886-1983
- MacCurdy, George Grant (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Extent7 linear feet (16 boxes)
- Correspondence [Boxes 1, 3-5A]
- Original artwork for publication and postcards [Box 2]
- Group of postcards from Europe, associated with sites and research
- Sketch books and travel notebooks [Box 5B]
- Biographical materials and writings [Box 6]
- Maps [Box 7]
- Articles and clippings [Box 7]
- ASPR administrative records and general letters to GGM [Box 8]
- Physical anthropology - illustrations, notes and writings [Box 9]
- Research mss. & professional organizations records [Box 10]
Biographical / Historical
During his later years at Harvard, MacCurdy became acquainted with his relatives, Professor and Mrs. Edward E. Salisbury, of Yale. The couple financed MacCurdy’s visit to Vienna in 1895-1896, where he attended the International Zoological Congress in Leyden in which Eugene DuBois exhibited "Pithecanthropus erectus" (redesignated Homo erectus). MacCurdy decided to study paleoanthropology henceforth, studying in Paris (1896-1897) and Berlin (1897-1898). He became an instructor at Yale University in 1898 and the Curator of Archaeology and Anthropology in the Yale Peabody Museum’s Division of Anthropology from 1902-1931. In 1931, he became Emeritus Research Associate with professorial rank and Emeritus Curator of the Anthropological Collections, obtaining his doctorate of philosophy in 1905 from the university.
MacCurdy married Glenn Bartlett in 1919. MacCurdy was an active member of the American Anthropological Association, Archaeological Institute of America, American Philosophical Society, National Research Council, International Congress of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences, and countless other foreign and American scientific societies, while additionally publishing numerous anthropological works throughout his lifetime.
George Grant and Janet MacCurdy founded the American School of Prehistoric Research in 1921. ASPR programs were conducted largely in Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East, where it supported visits to prehistoric sites, excavated others through its field school program, and sponsored lectures by global experts. Many artifact collections excavated by the ASPR are retained by the Museum. In 1954, seven years after the death of Dr. MacCurdy (1947), the ASPR became the Department of Old World Archaeology at the Peabody Museum as per his bequest. The ASPR publication series Bulletins of the American School for Prehistoric Research (1926-) was and is continued by the museum. The ASPR Monographs in Archaeology and Paleoanthropology are a series of documents covering a variety of subjects in the archaeology of the Old World (Eurasia, Africa, Australia, and Oceania).
“George Grant MacCurdy.” Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Electronically Published December 01, 2010. Accessed July 12, 2017. http://peabody.yale.edu/collections/archives/biography/george-grant-maccurdy.
McCOWN, THEODORE D. "GEORGE GRANT MacCURDY, 1863–1947." American Anthropologist, vol. 50 issue 3 (1948): 516-524. Electronically Published October 28, 2009. Accessed July 12, 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/aa.1948.50.3.02a00090/pdf.
Preliminary ASPR finding aid, Victoria H. Swerdlow, June 12, 1987.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Anthropology -- Research
- Anthropology, Prehistoric
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Corporate minutes
- Corporation reports
- Dana, Edward Salisbury
- Europe -- Description and travel
- Manuscripts (document genre).
- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
- Personal correspondence.
- Physical anthropology
- Salisbury, Evelyn McCurdy
- MacCurdy, George Grant papers, 1886-1983 (inclusive)
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English
- EAD ID
Part of the Peabody Museum Archives Repository
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