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1939.49.0128 :: slev

Object description

Samlingen omdokumenterad se rapport i arkivet.

Wellfelt, Emilie, 2008, Research report concerning collection 39.49.1-237 from Alor Indonesia.

Held by the Museum of World Culture Göteborg, Sweden

Lokalt namn
Materialkategori, engelska
plant specimen
13 cm
Namn - insamlare
Du Bois, Cora (1903 - 1991), professor

Cora Du Bois (1903-1991) was the first woman tenured in the Anthropology

Department and the second woman ever to be tenured in the Faculty of Arts and

Sciences at Harvard University. She held the Zemurray-Stone Chair from 1954 to

1970, taught in the departments of Anthropology and Social Relations, and

conducted research in California, Netherlands East Indies, and India. As a cultural

anthropologist she made important contributions to culture and personality studies,

the use of photography in analyzing field data, and interdisciplinary team research.

Like many other women anthropologists of her generation, her Ph.D. dissertation,

which was concerned with girls' menstral rites in the New World, was based on

library research. After completing her Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1932, Du Bois was

unable to find an academic position, and worked as a teaching fellow and research

assistant for the head of the Berkeley department, Alfred Kroeber, from 1932-1935.

While working for Kroeber, Du Bois did salvage ethnography with the Wintu

Indians in northern California and published on the Ghost Dance of 1870.

In 1935, Du Bois received a National Research Council Fellowship to investigate

how psychiatric training might be used by professional anthropologists. With her

fellowship, Du Bois returned to the east coast, spending six months at what was

then the Boston Psychopathic Hospital, now the Murray Psychological Clinic, and

six months with Abram Kardiner at the New York Psychoanalytic Society. In

addition, Du Bois taught at Hunter College in 1936-1937 while formulating her

goals for field research in Alor.

From 1937-1939, Du Bois lived and conducted research on the remote island of

Alor, part of the Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia. In keeping with her focus

on psychological anthropology, Du Bois administered Roscharch tests to the

Alorese in the hopes of using these data to make systematic comparisons between

cultures. Her research was designed to probe a basic Alorese personality structure,

which, she believed, could be correlated with specific cultural institutions. The

research resulted in a monograph, The People of Alor.


Like many anthropologists, Du Bois's academic research was interrupted by

World War II. Du Bois joined the war effort as a member of the Office of Strategic

Services working in the Research and Analysis Branch as Chief of the Indonesia

section. In 1944 she moved from Washington, D.C., to Ceylon to head the

Southeast Asia Command, for which she received the Exceptional Civilian Service

Award in 1945. Among her duties were the runnings of resistance movements in

Southeast Asian countries under Japanese occupation.

Du Bois worked for the State Department and the World Health Organization

from 1946 until 19545 when she accepted the Zemurray-Stone Chair at Harvard

University. The Zemurray-Stone Chair, which was established in 1947 by Samuel

Zemurray in honor of his two children, Samuel, Jr. and Doris Zemurray-Stone, was

a Radcliffe Chair to be given to the female academic of Harvard's choosing. Du

Bois was the second recipient of the chair. While at Harvard Du Bois initiated a

long-term research project on the Indian temple city of Bhubaneswar. During this

research Du Bois oversaw the work and training of a number of Harvard graduate

students involved in the Bhubaneswar project. In 1970 at the age of 67 Du Bois

retired from Harvard, and from 1970-1975 took up a post as Professor-at-Large at

Cornell University.

Cora Du Bois was a kind of anthropologist sojouner for 43 years of her long 59

year career--doing research, teaching, and government service. Throughout her jobs

and travels, she also did anthropology: pioneering new approaches in

interdisciplinary methodologies and culture-personality studies. She is often

described as a formidable woman and a good friend--perhaps these designations

carry some of the pride and passion that made up Du Bois's character.

(Emilie Wellfelt)

Källor - http
Källor, Viaf - samma som
Källor, Kulturnav - samma
Namn - fotograf
Schwetz, Ferenc
Källor - http
Obs.: Beskrivning
Samlingen omdokumenterad se rapport i arkivet. Wellfelt, Emilie, 2008, Research report concerning collection 39.49.1-237 from Alor Indonesia. Held by the Museum of World Culture Göteborg, Sweden
Obs.: litteratur
Wellfelt, Emilie, 2009, Returning to Alor. Indonesia and the Malay World, 37:108, 183-202
Alor-distriktet, Atimelang; Atimelang, 17,5 km. ost om Kalabahi, Alor, Indonesien [Haga]
Världsdel - ursprung
Land - ursprung
Indonesien : Asien
Källor, Wikipedia - beskr. av
Ort - ursprung
Land, engelska - ursprung
Original: beskrivning

Stor slev, ett stycke kokosskal på långt träskaft.

Köpt. Wajang

Original: insamlat av
Samling av: Miss dr. Cora du Bois
Original: lokal
Nederl. Indien Alor Antimelang, 17,5 km. ost om Kalabahi Alor distriktet
Original: skiss eller foto
Referens - Publicerad i
Årsberättelse 1939, Årstryck 1940, Göteborgs museum
Källor - http
books.google.se, archive.org, libris.kb.se
Datum - registrering
Belongs to Samling

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