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George C. Vaillant Director's Office Records

0001.05

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Boyer, Marian Angell Godfrey
Creator:
Vaillant, George C., b.1901-d.1945
Title:
George C. Vaillant Director's Office Records
Date [inclusive]:
1928-1947
Call Number:
0001.05
Extent:
2 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
George Clapp Vaillant was born in Boston, Massachusetts and educated at Noble and Greenough School and Phillips Academy. Vaillant attended Harvard University where he was a lackluster student until he discovered archaeology. Vaillant worked on the cliff-houses in northeastern Arizona and dug at Pecos, New Mexico while an undergraduate. In graduate school, Vaillant worked with George A. Reisner in Egypt. Under the direction of the Carnegie Foundation and Sylvanus Morley, he dug at Chichen Itza in 1926. Following his time in Mexico with Morley, Vaillant was appointed assistant curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in charge of archaeological activities in Mexico. This employment lasted until 1941 when he was appointed Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. The George C. Vaillant Administrative records are contained in five archival boxes and consist mostly of correspondence with some administrative records and personal files.
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Biography/History

George Clapp Vaillant was born in Boston, Massachusetts and educated at Noble and Greenough School and Phillips Academy. Vaillant entered Harvard University where he was a lackluster student until he discovered archaeology. His grades improved significantly in his junior year and he gradauted cum laude. Vaillant worked on the cliff-houses in northeastern Arizona and dug at Pecos, New Mexico while an undergraduate.

In graduate school, Vaillant worked with George A. Reisner in Egypt. Under the direction of the Carnegie Foundation and Sylvanus Morley, he dug at Chichen Itza in 1926. Following his time in Mexico with Morley, Vaillant was appointed assistant curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in charge of archaeological activities in Mexico. This employment lasted until 1941 when he was appointed Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

During WWI, Vaillant volunteered in the Student Army Training Corps and served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Vaillant also represented the United States government as a cultural relations attache in Peru. His national service was to continue in Spain as a representative of the Office of War Information in 1945 but was interrupted by his untimely death.

Vaillant was a member of many societies and well known as a lecturer and author. He taught at Harvard, Yale, New York University and Columbia during his diverse career.

Vaillant maintained memberships in the American Ethnological Society, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, the Harvard and Rittenhouse Clubs and the Century Association.

Scope and Contents

George Clapp Vaillant was born in Boston, Massachusetts and educated at Noble and Greenough School and Phillips Academy. He attended Harvard University where he was a lackluster student until he discovered archaeology. Vaillant worked on the cliff-houses in northeastern Arizona and dug at Pecos, New Mexico while an undergraduate.

In graduate school, Vaillant worked with George A. Reisner in Egypt. Under the direction of the Carnegie Foundation and Sylvanus Morley, he dug at Chichen Itza in 1926. Following his time in Mexico with Morley, Vaillant was appointed assistant curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, in charge of archaeological activities in Mexico. This employment lasted until 1941 when he was appointed Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

The George C. Vaillant Administrative records are contained in five archival boxes and consist mostly of correspondence with some administrative records and personal files. The series were assigned during processing. The correspondence records are arranged alphabetically and listed in the finding aid by the name of the writer for both frequent and one-time contacts.

The administrative series includes a combination of staff and sales lists, safety directives, expedition and collection business and Board of Managers and University administrative business.

Among the personal records are information from Vaillant's service to the U.S. government and some manuscripts and membership certificates. Personal notes from his tenure at the Penn museum are present. Several files deal with the effects of his untimely death and the issue of succession.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives,  2/12/2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jody Rodgers

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968
  • Johnson, Eldridge Reeves, b. 1867-d. 1945
  • Kidder, Alfred Vincent, 1885-1963
  • Loo, C.T., b.1880-d.1957
  • Madeira, Percy C., Jr., 1889-1967
  • Morley, Sylvanus Griswold, 1883-1948
  • Vaillant, George C., b.1901-d.1945
Subject(s)
  • Army and Navy Intelligence Office
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • U.S. State Department

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General note

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM

University Archaeological Association (1889–1899) First President Joseph Leidy President William Pepper, Jr. 1893–1897

Board of Managers, Department of Archaeology and Palaeontology / Free Museum of Science and Art President Charlemagne Tower, Jr. elected Jan 14, 1892 resigned Oct 9, 1894 President William Pepper, Jr. elected Oct 9, 1894 died Aug 3, 1898 President Daniel Baugh acting Aug 3, 1898 elected Jun 22, 1899 President Justus C. Strawbridge elected Jan 19, 1901 resigned 1903 President Sara Yorke Stevenson elected Jan 15, 1904 resigned Feb 24, 1905 President Samuel F. Houston acting Mar 17, 1905 elected Jan 19, 1906 1910

Directors of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Stewart Culin Jun 1, 1892–Jun 28, 1899 George Byron Gordon Feb 1, 1910–Jan 30, 1927 Jane M. McHugh (Acting) 1927–1929 Horace H. F. Jayne 1929–1940 George C. Vaillant 1941–1945 Marian Angell Godfrey (Acting) 1945–1947 Froelich G. Rainey 1947–1976 James B. Pritchard (Acting) 1976–1977 Martin Biddle 1977–1981 Robert H. Dyson (Acting) 1981-1982 Robert H. Dyson 1982–1994 Jeremy A. Sabloff 1994–2004 Richard M. Leventhal 2004-2006 Jeremy A. Sabloff (Interim) 2006-2007 Richard Hodges 2007-2012 Julian Siggers 2012-

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1941-1947.

Box
A General 1941-1947.
1
Box

Aharan, Gregor.

1

Albany Institute of History and Art.

1

Albright, W.F.

1

Alexander, Mrs. Raymond Pace.

1

American Anthropological Association.

1

American Council of Learned Societies.

1

American Folklore Society.

1

American School of Oriental Research.

1

Amram, David W.

1

Aparicio, Francisco de.

1

Academy of Natural Sciences 1941-1946.

1

American Council of Learned Societies 1942.

1

American Museum of Natural History 1941-1946.

1

American Philosophical Society 1941-1947.

1
B General 1941-1947.
1
Box

Bache, Charles.

1

Bache, Margaret.

1

Bachman, Mrs. Frank H.

1

Bancroft, Joseph (Sons and Co.).

1

Barringer, Lt. Col. Brandon.

1

Batista, Andrew.

1

Batten, Charles E.

1

Beggs, Virginia.

1

Beidler, Paul.

1

Bellinger, Louise.

1

Beltran, Pedro D.

1

Ben-Dor, Immanuel.

1

Bennett, Dann.

1

Bentsen, Conrad.

1

Bigler, Rev. Eugene F.

1

Birnbaum, S.

1

Blackman, Rose Wilder.

1

Blom, Frans.

1

Bodde, Dirk.

1

Bodde, Theodore.

1

Borbolla, Daniel F. Rubin (de la).

1

Bowker, Lt. Comm. H.F.

1

Brampton, Frederick L.

1

Bremmer, Anita.

1

Brickelmeier, Paul H.

1

Brown, John Carter Library.

1

Brown, Robert C.

1

Brown, W. Norman.

1

Brown University.

1

Brugler, L.J.

1

Bryan, Kirk.

1

Bucher, George.

1

Buck, J.L.

1

Bullitt, Orville H.

1

Burnet, Cora T.

1

Burrill, A.

1

Butler, Mary.

1

Bliss, Robert Woods 1942.

1

Boston Museum of Fine Arts 1941-1942.

1

Brooklyn Museum 1941-1945.

1

Buffalo Museum of Science 1942.

1
C General 1941-1947.
1
Box

Cadley, A.B.

1

Calder, Alexander.

1

Campbell, Monroe Jr.

1

Carter, George Revilo.

1

Caso, Alfonso.

1

Century Association.

1

Chandler, Charles Lyon.

1

Chapman, Anne M.

1

Cheyney Training School for Teachers.

1

Chinese Collections.

1

Cleveland Museum of Art.

1

Clifford, Esther.

1

Coffin, Roy G.

1

Collins, Henry H.

1

Collins, W.H.

1

Colorado Museum of Natural History.

1

Columbia University.

1

Comfort, Howard.

1

Commercial Museum.

1

Corning, John.

1

Covarrubios, Miguel.

1

Cranbrook Institute of Science.

1

Crawford, W. Rex.

1

Crozer Theological Seminary.

1

Chanhu-Daro 1938-1941.

1

Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs 1941-1942.

1
D General 1941-1947.
1
Box

Dam, Mrs. Cornelia H.

1

Dauterman, Carl C.

1

Davidson, D.S.

1

Dimick, John M.

1

Director.

1

Dixon, Mrs. J. Shipley.

1

Dohan, Edith H.

1

Douglas, F.H.

1

Drinker, Mrs. Henry S.

1

Drinker, Henry S.

1

DuBarry, William H.

1

DuBois, Mrs. Goddard.

1

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections.

1

DuPont, Henry Betin.

1

DuPont, Stephan.

1

Dutton, Bertha P.

1

Duvall, A.W.

1

Daniel, John F. 1942-1946.

1

Drinker, Biddle & Reath 1942-1944.

1

D' Harnoncourt, Rene 1942-1946.

1
E General 1941-1947.
1
Box

Ebehardt, H.A.

2

Eckart, Samuel B.

2

Eckardt, George H.

2

Ehrman, Mrs. Robert.

2

Ellis, Mrs. Thomas H.

2

Engerrand, George C.

2
F General 1941-1947.
2
Box

Fairbairn, Don.

2

Fairchild Aerial Surveys Inc.

2

Fairmount Park Art Association.

2

Falson, Frank.

2

Fernald, Helen C.

2

Fewkes, Vladimir J.

2

Field Museum of Natural History.

2

Fitler, W.W.

2

Fogg Museum of Art.

2

Forsdyke, John.

2

Foster, James W.

2

Fountain, Adele.

2

Fowler, William S.

2

Francisco, Joseph E.

2

Franklin, Gilbert A.

2

Film Librarian 1946.

2

Foster, Lawrence 1942-1946.

2
G General 1941-1947.
2
Box

Gallery Downtown.

2

Garrett, Erwin Clarkson.

2

Gazette des Beaux-Arts.

2

Godfrey, William S. Jr.

2

Goetze, Albrecht.

2

Goldschmidt, Margot.

2

Goodenow, Lucene.

2

Gordon, Edmond T.

2

Goudy, Alice M.

2

Grace, Virginia Randolph.

2

Grancsey, Stephen V.

2

Grand Rapids Art Gallery.

2

Granite, Mark.

2

Griffin, Cynthia.

2

Gibson, Mercedes 1942-1946.

2

Godfrey, Mrs. William S. 1941-1946.

2

Grace Line 1942.

2
H General 1941-1947.
2
Box

Haiti.

2

Hallowell, A. Irving.

2

Hamill, Alfred E.

2

Hamill, S. McG.

2

Harrington, Mrs. Gwyneth B.

2

Haury, Emil.

2

Hause, Helen.

2

Henry, Mrs. Grace P.

2

Hall, Henry Usher.

2

Hepburn, Charles J.

2

Hergesheimer, Joseph.

2

Heusser, Eleanor E.

2

Hilderbrand, Mildred.

2

Hiller, Margaret L.

2

Hinchman, Margaretta S.

2

Hodgskin, Mrs. N.N.

2

Hoffmeister, Katherine M.

2

Holmes Foundation Bronzer.

2

Havana Conference 1941.

2

Inter-American Center 1942.

2
J General 1941-1947.
2
Box

James, Orlov R.T.

2

Jayne, Horace H.F.

2

Jones, Mrs. John Price.

2

Joyce, Mrs. Charles D.

2

Justice, Hilda.

2

Johnson, E.R. Fennimore 1941-1942.

2

Johnson Film Fund 1941-1946.

2
K General 1941-1947.
2
Box

Kaelin, Jaida M.

2

Kelly, Leon.

2

Kevorkian, H.

2

Khayat, John.

2

King, Col. Fain White.

2

Komor, Mathius.

2

Krogman, Wilton M.

2

Kidder, Alfred V. 1941-1944.

2

Kramer, S.N.-Reports, etc. 1941-1945.

2
L General 1941-1947.
2
Box

LaFarge, Oliver.

2

Lake, Kirsopp.

2

Lee, Jean Gordon.

2

Legrain, L.

2

Lewis, John P.

2

Lewis, Mary Butler.

2

Library of Congress.

2

Lippincott, J.B. Co.

2

Lloyd, Malcolm Jr.

2

Loeb, Laida.

2

Long, Katherine B.

2

Lord, Mrs. J. Carlisle.

2

Lucas, John D. Printing Co.

2

Lincoln, J.S.-Guatemala 1940-1941.

3

Loo, C.T. 1941-1945.

3

Luristan Bronzes 1941-1942.

3
M General 1941-1947.
3
Box

Malm, Mrs. Axel.

3

Mandelstam, Abraham.

3

Markoe, Frances E.

3

Marshall, Mrs. Henry.

3

McBride, Katherine E.

3

McCartney, Eugene S.

3

McCosker, M.J.

3

McDaniel, Walton Brooke.

3

McDonald, A.D.

3

McDowell, Charles.

3

McFadden, George.

3

McHugh, Jane.

3

McMechen, Edgar C.

3

McMichael, Mrs. C. Emory.

3

Means, Philip Ainsworth.

3

Mercer, Henry.

3

Merwin, Bruce W.

3

Metropolitan Museum of Art.

3

Mexican Society of Anthropology.

3

Mexico, Universidad Nacional de.

3

Milton, W.F.

3

Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

3

Mitchell, J. Clayton.

3

Mitchell, John K.

3

Moe, Henry Allen.

3

Moller, J.A.L.

3

Moore, Eleanor M.

3

Morley, Charles L.

3

Morrow, Glenn R.

3

Museum Internships.

3

Museum of Anthropology; University of California.

3

Myas, Oliver H.

3

MacGowan, Kenneth 1942-1946.

3

Madeira, Percy C. 1941-1946.

3

Mayer Collection 1941.

3

Morley, Sylvanus 1941-1946.

3
N General 1941-1947.
3
Box

National Guild of Community Music Schools.

3

Needham, Wesley E.

3

Nemeth, Ted.

3

Netherlands Information Bureau.

3

New Jersey State Museum.

3

Newark Museum.

3

Newell, William B.

3

Noble, Hal.

3

Noon, John A.

3

North, Alice M.

3

Norton, Richard E.

3
O General 1941-1947.
3
Box

O'Brien, Mrs. John.

3

Oakley, Thornton.

3

Oberly, H. Sherman.

3

Oetteking, Bruno.

3

Oriental Institute 1941-1945.

3
P General 1941-1947.
3
Box

Pach, Walter.

3

Palmer, L.C.

3

Parkinson, A. Eric.

3

Pasadena Art Institute.

3

Pehlmann, William.

3

Pennebaker, Susan B.

3

Philadelphia, City of.

3

Philadelphia Anthropological Society.

3

Plass, Webster.

3

Poore, Charles Prescott.

3

Pan American Association 1941-1945.

3

Peabody Museum 1941-1947.

3

Philadelphia Museum of Art 1941-1947.

3
R General 1941-1947.
4
Box

Randall-MacIver, David.

4

Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery.

4

Reeves, Rutin.

4

Ries, Maurice.

4

Riley, Lewis A. III.

4

Robbins, Nancy.

4

Robinson, Mrs. Dwight P.

4

Roeder, G.

4

Rogers, W.A.

4

Rose, Mrs. Robert E.

4

Rosicrucian Egyptian Oriental Museum.

4

Rutherford, Helen M.B.

4

Radio 1941-1947.

4

Rockefeller Foundation 1941-1946.

4
S General 1941-1947.
4
Box

Sales Desk-Mrs. R. Meyer de Schauensee.

4

School District of Philadelphia.

4

Scientific Monthly.

4

Sellers, Mrs. J. Townsend.

4

Sexton, Charles Eli.

4

Seyrig, Henri.

4

Shepard, Anna O.

4

Sinkler, Caroline S.

4

Sipley, Louis Walton.

4

Sjoberg, Axel R.K.

4

Smith, Mrs. Henry L.

4

Smith, Joseph Lindon.

4

Smith, Marion.

4

Smith, W. Hinkle.

4

Snead, Edward.

4

Soustell, Jacques.

4

Speck, Frank G.

4

Speiser, E.A.

4

Spendlove, F. St.G.

4

Stallings, Alice.

4

Steele, Edith.

4

Steele, Francis.

4

Stora, R.

4

Strobel, Marie E.

4

Strong, William Duncan.

4

Swindler, Mary K.

4

Smithsonian Institution 1941-1947.

4
T General 1941-1947.
4
Box

Taylor, Florence.

4

Taylor Museum of The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.

4

Temple University.

4

Terra, Hellmut (de).

4

Terry, Roland.

4

Texas, University of.

4

Thomas, W. Stephen.

4

Thompson, J. Eric.

4

Thompson, Martha B.

4

Thurston, Carl.

4

Tooker, Mrs. Norman B.

4

Tozzer, A.M.

4

Trotter, Mrs. Spencer L.

4

Tschirky, Leopold.

4

Tucci, Giuseppe.

4

Tyler, W. Clark.

4

Tobler, Arthur C. 1943-1946.

4

Ton Ying & Co.-C.F. Yau 1941-1943.

4
U General 1941-1947.
4
Box

Union, Congress of Industrial Organizations.

4

University of Michigan.

4

University Museum 1941-1944.

4

University of Penna.-Administrative V.P.: Musser, Paul H. and DuBarry, William 1941-1946.

5

University of Penna.-Committee of Inter-American Studies; Whitaker, Arthur, P. 1941-1942.

5

University of Penna.-Comptroller; MacLean, Harry S. 1941-1946.

5

University of Penna.-Library 1941-1946.

5

University of Penna.-President; Gates, Thomas S. 1941-1942.

5

University of Penna.-Press; Soule, Phelps 1941-1945.

5

University of Penna.-Radio Program 1941-1946.

5

University of Penna.-Secretary; Mumford and Doggett 1941-1943.

5

University of Penna.-Schools of the University 1941.

5

University of Penna.-Student Aid 1942.

5

University of Penna.-Treasurer's Office; Thayer, John B. 1942-1946.

5
V General.
4
Box

Valley Forge Hospital.

4

Vanderbilt, Julia Lloyd.

4

Vetri, Irma Hering.

4

Von Hagen, Victor.

4
W General.
4
Box

Wallis, Wilson D.

4

Warren, Mary Rogers.

4

Washburn, Gordon B.

4

Webb, Anne Holiday.

4

Wechsler, Tilly.

4

Weddell, Alexander Wilbourne.

4

Welker, Marion.

4

Wetherill, Mrs. Bucknell.

4

Whitford, A.C.

4

Wigglesworth, Anne E.

4

Wilbur, B.K.

4

Wilbur, Walter Karl.

4

Wilcox, Ruth W.

4

Wiley, Charles E.

4

Williams, A.L.

4

Wilson, M.W.

4

Wissler, Clark.

4

Witte Memorial Museum.

4

Wood, Rebecca Cooper.

4

Woodle, Abby Jane.

4

Woolley, Charles.

4

Worchester Art Museum.

4

Wray, John S.

4

Washington, D.C. 1941-1944.

4

Whitney, Caspar-Knife Collection 1942.

4

Williams, Thomas J. 1941-1947.

4
X,Y,Z General.
4
Box

Yale University-Department of Anthropology.

4

Yietra, Julio C. Schiappa.

4

Young, Carroll R.

4

Zeper, Roy.

4

Administrative, 1941-1946.

Box

Air Raid Storage Plans 1941-1942.

5

Army Accounts-Moroccan Arabic Program 1941-1944.

5

Board of Managers University Museum 1941-1946.

5

Collections in Vault 1942.

5

Fellows 1942.

5

Guggenheim Fellowship 1941-1942.

5

Museums Council of Philadelphia-Attendance 1942-1946.

5

Museum Notes.

5

Persian Expeditions-Schmidt-Oriental Institute 1941.

5

Publications.

5

Sales Desk Reports 1946-1947.

5

Search for Successor 1946-1947.

5

Staff 1941-1945.

5

Totem Poles 1941-1946.

5

University Museum 1941-1947.

5

Personal, 1928-1945.

Box

Bookplate.

5

Manuscripts (Indians, etc.) 1928-1945.

5

Manuscripts-Tonalamatl of the Codex Borbonicus.

5

Membership Certificates, etc. 1937-1939.

5

Memorial Fund.

5

University Museum; Letters of Congratulations 1941.

5

U.S. Government-State Department Announcements 1943-1945.

5

USA: Army and Navy Intelligence-Office of Strategic Services 1941-1942.

5