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Wylie, Laurence William, 1909- Papers of Laurence Wylie, ca. 1955-1986 : an inventory

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Call No.: HUGFP 116
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Wylie, Laurence William, 1909-1995
Title: Papers of Laurence Wylie, ca. 1955-1986
Date(s): 1955-1986
Quantity: 8 cubic feet (23 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Laurence Wylie was an anthropologist who specialized in the study of French culture and civilization. These papers relate to his research, teaching, and writing. The papers reflect Wylie's noted traits, his wit, his sly intuition, his spontaneity, his incisive common sense, as well as his disdain for the pompous and the self-important.

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Accession number: 11534, 1988 September 21.

Biography of Laurence Wylie

Laurence Wylie was an anthropologist who specialized in the study of French culture and civilization. He was especially noted for his study of gesture. Harvard sought out Wylie not only for his successful research but because his teaching style was energetic and enlivened the undergraduate curriculum.
Wylie's major contribution to his field of study was a book entitled Village in the Vaucluse which sought out the rich complexity of the French through the lens of a small French village. He also served as a joint author of a half dozen books which dealt with French civilization; one such book written under Wylie's supervision by an undergraduate class. Wylie made a substantial contribution to a number of other works, including the Time-Life publication Communities in Change. Wylie instigated a major study of non-verbal communication.
As part of his study of gesture, Wylie attended the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, studying movement, mime, and theater, 1972-1973. This course of study resulted in Wylie's participation in motion pictures. He produced two films, Chanzeaux and A Repertory of French Gestures. He also participated in several other films and in four television programs.
Wylie attended Indiana University, studying French language and literature. He continued his education both abroad and at home. He studied for two years in Paris at the Institute des Sciences Politiques and earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Brown University in 1940. His studied anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania between 1947 and 1950.
Wylie said his dreams came true when Dean McGeorge Bundy of Harvard University offered a newly established chair in French Civilization to him. The C. Douglas Dillon Professorship of the Civilization of France is an inter-disciplinary chair. This allowed Wylie to be a member of both the Anthropology and Romance Languages and Literatures Departments at Harvard. Wylie was granted emeritus status in 1980, "having enjoyed a perfect situation for all these years," as he expressed in a reflective essay.
Wylie actively engaged in professional activities, which included participation in numerous conferences and committees, and membership in professional organizations. His professional achievement is recognized by a list of distinguished honors including the Legion of Honor.

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Scope and Content of the Papers of Laurence Wylie

The Papers of Laurence Wylie chiefly document Wylie's professional life, although a small amount of personal material is included. However, even in his professional papers, Wylie's personality is abundantly evident. The papers reflect Wylie's noted traits, his wit, his sly intuition, his spontaneity, his incisive common sense, as well as his disdain for the pompous and the self-important.

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This document last updated 2016 July 12.

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