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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1826-1995
(Bulk: 1898-1960)
Extent: 16 linear feet
The American Section was one of the first to evolve during the early development of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The University Archaeological Association established in 1887 and later, the American Exploration Society, established in 1892, exhibited several small collections in College Hall before the building campaign for the museum began. Charles Abbott was the first curator of the section succeeded by Henry C. Mercer and then Stewart Culin who was also named Director in 1899. Each succeeding curator was responsible for adding collections, many of them representing their own expeditions in the United States, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and South America. Records in the files are dated from 1826 through the 1980s. The transfer of materials to the Archives took place piecemeal and without a central organization. The current re-processing placed the files into three series, Deaccessions and Loans, Collectors and Collections and Exhibits.
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American Section
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PU-Mu. 0044
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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16 linear feet
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1826-1995
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1898-1960
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The American Section was one of the first to evolve during the early development of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The University Archaeological Association established in 1887 and later, the American Exploration Society, established in 1892, exhibited several small collections in College Hall before the building campaign for the museum began. Charles Abbott was the first curator of the section succeeded by Henry C. Mercer and then Stewart Culin who was also named Director in 1899. Each succeeding curator was responsible for adding collections, many of them representing their own expeditions in the United States, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and South America. Records in the files are dated from 1826 through the 1980s. The transfer of materials to the Archives took place piecemeal and without a central organization. The current re-processing placed the files into three series, Deaccessions and Loans, Collectors and Collections and Exhibits.
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Abbott, Charles C., 1843-1919 Brinton, Daniel Garrison, 1837-1899 Bruckner, Geraldine M., b. 1901-d. 1982 Coe, William R. , 1926-2009 Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929 Dyson, Robert H., 1927- Eyman, Frances, 1921-1949 Farabee, William Curtis, b. 1865-d. 1925 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Kidder, Alfred Vincent, 1885-1963 King, Mary Elizabeth, b. 1929 Mason, John Alden, 1885-1967 Mercer, Henry C., 1856-1930 Pepper, William, 1843-1898 Possehl, , Gregory L., Dr., b. 1941 Rainey, Froelich, Director of the University Museum Satterthwaite, Linton, 1897-1978 Shotridge, Louis Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1890-1969
Creator:
Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929
Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
Extent: 1.6 linear feet
The Asian Section collection includes correspondence and receipts all dealing with the donation or sale of artifacts to the Penn Museum from 1890 to 1969. Artifacts are mostly from China, Korea, and Japan. Notable donors include Stewart Culin, William Pepper, Phoebe Hearst, and Worch of Paris, C.T. Loo, and Yamanaka and Co.
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Asian Section
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Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
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PU-Mu. 0543
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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1.6 linear feet
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1890-1969
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The Asian Section collection includes correspondence and receipts all dealing with the donation or sale of artifacts to the Penn Museum from 1890 to 1969. Artifacts are mostly from China, Korea, and Japan. Notable donors include Stewart Culin, William Pepper, Phoebe Hearst, and Worch of Paris, C.T. Loo, and Yamanaka and Co.
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Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Bishop, Carl Whiting, b. 1881-d.1942 Fernald, Helen Elizabeth, b. 1921-d. 1937 Getz, John, b. 1853? Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, 1842-1919 Johnson, Eldridge Reeves, b. 1867-d. 1945 Loo, C.T., b.1880-d.1957 Lyons, Elizabeth, b. 1912-d. 1989 McCartee, Divie Bethune, Dr., b. 1820-d.1900 Pepper, William, 1843-1898 Scott, Alexander Scott, Hugh, Senator, b. 1900-D.1994 Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921 Wanamaker, John, 1838-1922 Worch of Paris . Yamanaka and Co..
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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1890-1969
Creator:
Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929
Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
Extent: 1.6 linear feet
The Asian Section collection includes correspondence and receipts all dealing with the donation or sale of artifacts to the Penn Museum from 1890 to 1969. Artifacts are mostly from China, Korea, and Japan. Notable donors include Stewart Culin, William Pepper, Phoebe Hearst, and Worch of Paris, C.T. Loo, and Yamanaka and Co.
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Asian Section
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Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
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PU-Mu. 0052
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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1.6 linear feet
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1890-1969
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The Asian Section collection includes correspondence and receipts all dealing with the donation or sale of artifacts to the Penn Museum from 1890 to 1969. Artifacts are mostly from China, Korea, and Japan. Notable donors include Stewart Culin, William Pepper, Phoebe Hearst, and Worch of Paris, C.T. Loo, and Yamanaka and Co.
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Culin, Stewart, 1858-1929 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Bishop, Carl Whiting, b. 1881-d.1942 Fernald, Helen Elizabeth, b. 1921-d. 1937 Getz, John, b. 1853? Hearst, Phoebe Apperson, 1842-1919 Johnson, Eldridge Reeves, b. 1867-d. 1945 Loo, C.T., b.1880-d.1957 Lyons, Elizabeth, b. 1912-d. 1989 McCartee, Divie Bethune, Dr., b. 1820-d.1900 Pepper, William, 1843-1898 Scott, Alexander Scott, Hugh, Senator, b. 1900-D.1994 Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921 Wanamaker, John, 1838-1922 Worch of Paris . Yamanaka and Co..
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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1888-1926
Extent: 0.4 linear foot (the records of the egypt exploration fund fill one archival box of correspondence and financial records)
Amelia B. Edwards, a novelist and travel writer, traveled in Egypt from 1873 to 1874 to escape bad weather in her native England. Her stay in Egypt inspired the book, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile. A best seller at the time, Edwards story presented a view of nineteenth century Egypt along with descriptions of the previously unknown antiquities of the ancient civilization. After returning to England, Edwards and Reginald Stuart Poole of the Department of Coins and Metals of the British Museum co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund. Its 1882 mission was to "explore, survey and excavate ancient sites in Egypt and Sudan and publish the results of this work." The work of W.M. Flinders Petrie was of great interest to the amateur Egyptologist Edwards, and she supported Flinders Petrie's appointment as successor to Edouard Naville in Egypt. Petrie arrived in Egypt in 1884 with funds from University College, London. He later became the first Edwards professor of Egyptology at the University of London. Subscriptions to the Fund came from all over the world. An office was founded in Boston to do the work of the fund in the United States. Organizations such as the Free Museum of Science and Art who subscribed to the fund were able to share in the artifacts recovered by Flinders Petrie's work. The Egypt Exploration Fund records fill one archival box. There are seven folders of correspondence and financial records including several circulars from the London and Boston offices of the Fund.
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Egypt Exploration Fund
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PU-Mu. 0032
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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0.4 linear foot (the records of the egypt exploration fund fill one archival box of correspondence and financial records)
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1888-1926
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Amelia B. Edwards, a novelist and travel writer, traveled in Egypt from 1873 to 1874 to escape bad weather in her native England. Her stay in Egypt inspired the book, A Thousand Miles Up the Nile. A best seller at the time, Edwards story presented a view of nineteenth century Egypt along with descriptions of the previously unknown antiquities of the ancient civilization. After returning to England, Edwards and Reginald Stuart Poole of the Department of Coins and Metals of the British Museum co-founded the Egypt Exploration Fund. Its 1882 mission was to "explore, survey and excavate ancient sites in Egypt and Sudan and publish the results of this work." The work of W.M. Flinders Petrie was of great interest to the amateur Egyptologist Edwards, and she supported Flinders Petrie's appointment as successor to Edouard Naville in Egypt. Petrie arrived in Egypt in 1884 with funds from University College, London. He later became the first Edwards professor of Egyptology at the University of London. Subscriptions to the Fund came from all over the world. An office was founded in Boston to do the work of the fund in the United States. Organizations such as the Free Museum of Science and Art who subscribed to the fund were able to share in the artifacts recovered by Flinders Petrie's work. The Egypt Exploration Fund records fill one archival box. There are seven folders of correspondence and financial records including several circulars from the London and Boston offices of the Fund.
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Edwards, Amelia B., 1831-1892 Flinders-Petrie, W.M., Sir, 1853-1942 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Naville, Edouard, 1844-1926 Pepper, William, 1843-1898 Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921 Williams, Talcott, 1849-1928
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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1903-1913
Creator:
Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
Extent: 2.75 linear feet
George Byron Gordon, explorer in Central America and Alaska, and first to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, was born in New Perth, Prince Edward Island, Canada on August 4,1870. Gordon joined the Free Museum of Science and Art(later the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology)in 1903 as Assistant Curator in the Section of General Ethnology. Gordon was appointed Director of the Free Museum of Science and Art in 1910 and oversaw one of the largest periods of growth in its collection and prestige. The records of the General Ethnology Section fill three archival boxes of alphabetical correspondence. Five bound letter books also record correspondence from 1902 to 1910.
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George B. Gordon General Ethnology Section Records
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Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
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PU-Mu. 0066
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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2.75 linear feet
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1903-1913
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George Byron Gordon, explorer in Central America and Alaska, and first to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, was born in New Perth, Prince Edward Island, Canada on August 4,1870. Gordon joined the Free Museum of Science and Art(later the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology)in 1903 as Assistant Curator in the Section of General Ethnology. Gordon was appointed Director of the Free Museum of Science and Art in 1910 and oversaw one of the largest periods of growth in its collection and prestige. The records of the General Ethnology Section fill three archival boxes of alphabetical correspondence. Five bound letter books also record correspondence from 1902 to 1910.
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1900s 1910s
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Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 Coxe, Eckley B., 1839-1895 Furness, William H., III Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921 Woolley, C. Leonard, Sir, 1880-1960
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Correspondence
Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1892-1913
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Hilprecht, Hermann Volrath, 1859-1925
Extent: 2.7 linear feet
Hermann Volrath Hilprecht, eminent Assyriologist, arrived in the United States in 1886, summoned by the Sunday School Times to edit their oriental section. He was also appointed Professor of Assyriology at the University of Pennsylvania. The following year, Hilprecht assumned the duties of Curator of the Babylonian and General Semitic section of the Museum of Archaeology at Penn. Hilprecht was the scientific director for the Babylonian expedition to Nippur. In all, he worked on four expeditions, specializing in the interpretation of the cuneiform tablets. The Hermann V. Hilprecht Near East section records consist of five boxes of data. The folders had been previously organized into correspondence, collections, publications and controversy divisions. During processing, the correspondence was placed more appropriately in general, curatorial and publishing subdivisions. The collection folders as well as the majority of the publication data required only placement in chronological order.
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Hermann V. Hilprecht Near East Section records
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Hilprecht, Hermann Volrath, 1859-1925
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PU-Mu. 0062
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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2.7 linear feet
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1892-1913
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Hermann Volrath Hilprecht, eminent Assyriologist, arrived in the United States in 1886, summoned by the Sunday School Times to edit their oriental section. He was also appointed Professor of Assyriology at the University of Pennsylvania. The following year, Hilprecht assumned the duties of Curator of the Babylonian and General Semitic section of the Museum of Archaeology at Penn. Hilprecht was the scientific director for the Babylonian expedition to Nippur. In all, he worked on four expeditions, specializing in the interpretation of the cuneiform tablets. The Hermann V. Hilprecht Near East section records consist of five boxes of data. The folders had been previously organized into correspondence, collections, publications and controversy divisions. During processing, the correspondence was placed more appropriately in general, curatorial and publishing subdivisions. The collection folders as well as the majority of the publication data required only placement in chronological order.
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Hilprecht, Hermann Volrath, 1859-1925 Clay, A.T. (Andrew Tobias), 1866-1925 Coxe, Jr., Eckley B., b. 1872-d. 1916 Fisher, Clarence Stanley, 1876-1941 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Haynes, John Henry Hilprecht, Hermann Volrath, 1859-1925 Houston, Samuel F., 1867-1952 McHugh, Jane Pepper, William, 1843-1898 Peters, John P. (John Punnett), 1852-1921 Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
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Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1915-1920
Creator:
Luce, Stephen B.
Extent: 04 linear foot
Stephen B. Luce was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1909. He completed his Ph.D. in 1913 also at Harvard. In addition to his curatorship at Penn, Luce was an Assistant Director at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 1928 and 1930. He was affiliated with the Fogg Museum at Harvard in the 1930s and served as Editor in charge of the American Journal of Archaeology from 1938 to 1941. The Luce folders comprise two series. Series 1 includes general correspondence related to the museum and to his research and Series 2 includes correspondence with art dealers related to specific collections
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Stephen B. Luce Mediterranean Section records
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Luce, Stephen B.
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PU-Mu. 0073
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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04 linear foot
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1915-1920
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Stephen B. Luce was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1909. He completed his Ph.D. in 1913 also at Harvard. In addition to his curatorship at Penn, Luce was an Assistant Director at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 1928 and 1930. He was affiliated with the Fogg Museum at Harvard in the 1930s and served as Editor in charge of the American Journal of Archaeology from 1938 to 1941. The Luce folders comprise two series. Series 1 includes general correspondence related to the museum and to his research and Series 2 includes correspondence with art dealers related to specific collections
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Luce, Stephen B. Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Luce, Stephen B. Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
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Correspondence
Penn Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1904-1938
Creator:
Bates, William Nickerson, 1867-1949
Extent: 1.6 linear foot
William N. Bates (1867-1949) was born and educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bates curated the Mediterranean Section of the Penn Museum from 1904 to 1911. In 1940, the University of Pennsylvania awarded him an honorary doctorate. The William N. Bates curatorial subgroup consists of two folders of general correspondence from 1904 to 1915.
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William N. Bates Mediterranean Section records
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Bates, William Nickerson, 1867-1949
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PU-Mu. 0071
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Museum Archives
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1.6 linear foot
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1904-1938
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William N. Bates (1867-1949) was born and educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bates curated the Mediterranean Section of the Penn Museum from 1904 to 1911. In 1940, the University of Pennsylvania awarded him an honorary doctorate. The William N. Bates curatorial subgroup consists of two folders of general correspondence from 1904 to 1915.
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Bates, William Nickerson, 1867-1949 Bates, William Nickerson, 1867-1949 Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927 Houston, Samuel F., 1867-1952 Stevenson, Sara Yorke, 1847-1921
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