Savages and Scientists: The Smithsonian Institution and the Development of American Anthropology 1846-1910
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Place: Washington, DC
319 with photographs, figures, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original publisher's pictorial jacket. First edition.
The Smithsonian Institution enjoys a special place in the attitudes of most people in the United States. Much of its popularity derives from the varied museum with spectacular collections which educate and millions on the Mall of the Capitol each year. But the Institution is also a complex of back stage enterprises which the public rarely sees, in keeping with John Smithoson's liberal bequest that set the goal as "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." For a long time, the Smithsonian was this country's major public center for scientific efforts and as such, to play a central role in the development o anthropology and in the study of Native American populations. This volume is remarkably detailed history of those interrelated processes, from the founding of the institution in 1846 to 1910, by which time a few fledgling university departments of anthropology eclipsed the diminishing efforts of the Smithsonian in the field of study.
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