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Frederica de Laguna papers


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Bryn Mawr College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Bryn Mawr College
De Laguna, Frederica, 1906-2004
Frederica de Laguna papers
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12 Linear feet
The papers of Frederica de Laguna consist of family and personal photographs, collections of clippings, typescripts, and publication materials of this Bryn Mawr College professor and distinguished scholar in anthropology, specializing in Artic cultures.
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Frederica de Laguna (1906-2004) was born in Ann Arbor, MI in 1906. Both her parents taught phisosophy at Bryn Mawr College from the time that she was an infant. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Bryn Mawr College in 1927. Her first memoir was "Voyage to Greenland," about her first anthropology field work, published in 1929. She earned a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University in 1933. Her first job was field director for the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1938 she began teaching anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, a position she held until retiring in 1975. During World War II, de Laguna took a break from her academic career to serve as a lieutenant commanded in the Navy Waves. She led many expeditions to Alaska to study the cultures of Eskimos and Native Americans. She assisted Dr. Therkel Mathiassen on the first scientific survey of sites in Danish West Greenland. Her major work began in 1949 with trips to study the Tlingit Indians, resulting in the comprehensive study of their culture titled "Under Mount St. Elias," published in 1972. She also wrote two mystery novels. In retirement, she continued to write and lecture at several major universities.

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Frederica de Laguna contain many photographs of her immediate family and their ancestors. There are also photographs of the college during de Laguna's undergraduate years, during her reunions, and from her time serving in the Navy. There is a collection of newspaper clippings about women in the military during World War II, as well as miscellaneouw anthropology clippings, travel postcards, and letters. The collection includes a typescript for her book Voyage to Greenland, and plates for the 1975 edition of The Archaeology of Cook Inlet, as well as book plate illustrations and negatives from Under Mount St. Elias. There is a large carton of books by other Bryn Mawr faculty members.

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Publication Information

Bryn Mawr College

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Lorett Treese, Melissa Torquato

Revision Description

Reviewed for MARC note 2014 July 14

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Frederica de Laguna papers are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the author's legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Much of this material came to the Bryn Mawr College Archives in 1975 following de Laguna's retirement. Over the years, she added to the collection various photographs and other family memorabilia. She also added collections of clippings and typescripts and publication materials for her various works. From time to time she also took materials away. The current collection reflects what was left of the collection at the time of her death in 2004.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs.
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Bryn Mawr College-- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Education.
  • Native Americans.
  • Women in education

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Family Photographs, undated.

Box Folder

Bill Andrus Family, undated.

1 1

Grace Andrus de Laguna, undated.

1 2

Grace and Theodore de Laguna, undated.

1 3

Grace Andrus de Laguna's Family, undated.

1 4

Lester Andrus' Family, undated.

1 5

Theodore de Laguna, undated.

1 6

Theodore de Laguna's Family, undated.

1 7

Photograph under glass, subject unknown, undated.

1 8

Loose Items: framed photographs, sewing kit, undated.


Series II. College Years Photographs, 1922-1926.

Box Folder

Negatives, Bryn Mawr College, 1922-1923.

2 1

Negatives, summer in Greensboro, VT, 1923.

2 2

Photographs, May Day at BMC, 1924.

2 3

Negatives, May Day at BMC, 1924.

2 4

Negatives, Summer in Greensboro, VT, 1924.

2 5

Negatives, Bryn Mawr College, 1924-1925.

2 6

Miscellaneous Negatives, 1925-1926.

2 7

Negatives, Summer of 1926, 1926.

2 8

Photographs, Grand May Day at BMC, 1920 or 1924.

2 9

Postcard Photograph May Day at BMC, 1922.

2 10

Series III. Miscellaneous Photographs, 1920s to 1970s.

Box Folder

Frederica de Laguna Photographic Portraits, undated.

3 1

USNR Photographs, undated.

3 2

Photographic Portraits, 1927.

3 3

Photographs, BMC Faculty show, undated.

3 4

Applebee and de Laguna, 1980.

3 5

Photograph, BMC Class of 1927 at 1967 Reunion, 1967.

3 6

Photographs, BMC class of 1927 at 1985 Reunion, 1985.

3 7

Negative, subject unknown, undated.

3 8

Photograph, Wyndham Alumnae House, undated.

3 9

Photograph, Frederica de Laguna, 1935.

3 10

Photographs, Frederica de Laguna, undated.

3 11

Photograph, Rockefeller Basement, undated.

3 12

Frederica de Laguna and Helen Stokes, 1977.

3 13

Photographs, Faculty Row, 1928.

3 14

Frederica de Laguna's USNR business cards, undated.

3 15

Negative, Magdalen and Fred Flexner, undated.

3 16

Photographs, Prokosh Family, 1921-1922.

3 17

Series IV. Photograph Albums, 1920s to 1930s.

Box Volume

New York State, subjects unknown, 1927-1928.

4 1

France, subjects unknown, undated.

4 2

Bryn Mawr College and other locations, subjects unknown, undated.

4 3

Lechmere-Qertel Family, 1933-1935.

4 4

Frederica de Laguna and unknown subjects, undated.

4 1

Series V. Framed Photographs and Bryn Mawr College Plaque, undated.


Series VI. Miscellaneous Photographs and Objects, undated.

Box Folder

deLaguna Family Written Materials, undated.

6 1

Mrs. George Sabin and son, undated.

6 2

Miscellaneous postcards and letters, undated.

6 3

Miscellaneous Travel Photographs, undated.

6 4

Unidentified people, undated.

6 5

Unidentified people, undated.

6 6

Photographs, Ivy Hovey Fitch, undated.

6 7

Photographs, Grace de laguna and Dick Oertel, 1903-1963.

6 8

Passport of Theodore de Laguna, 1915.

6 9

Letter from Jessica Vaua to Mrs. W. R. Andrus, undated.

6 10

Miscellaneous Photographs, subjects unknown, undated.

6 11

Series VII. Wartime Clippings, World War II.


Series VIII. Miscellaneous Clippings, undated.

Box Folder

Miscellaneous Anthropology Clippings, undated.

8 1

Miscellaneous Antrhopology Clippings, undated.

8 2

Miscellaneous Anthropology Clippings, undated.

8 3

Miscellaneous Anthropology Materials, postcard, map, bulletin, undated.

8 4

Miscellaneous Wartime Clippings, undated.

8 5

Wartime clippings, women's service divisions, undated.

8 6

Wartime clippings, women in the military, undated.

8 7

Series IX. Voyage to Greenland Papers, 1920s.

Box Folder

Typescript pages 1-120, undated.

9 1

Typescript pages 121-347, undated.

9 2

Typescript pages 348-end, undated.

9 3

Publication Blueline, undated.

9 4

Publication Printed Draft, undated.

9 5

Final Publication Printed Copy, undated.

9 6

Series X. Plates for The Archaeology of Cook Island, 1975.

Box Folder

Correspondence and reproduction of plates 62-69, undated.

10 1

Plates 1-4, undated.

10 2

Plates 8-20, undated.

10 3

Plates 21-28, undated.

10 4

Plates 29-56, undated.

10 5

Plates 57-61, undated.

10 6

Plates 64-77, undated.

10 7

Plates 1-7, enlarged, undated.

10 8

Series XI. Faculty Book Collection, various.


Series XII. Book Plates for Under Mount St. Elias, 1972.


Series XIII. Negatives from Under Mount St. Elias, 1972.