Ward, Lauriston. Lauriston Ward, 1882-1960 Papers, 1936-1960 inclusive: A Finding
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Title: Ward, Lauriston. Lauriston Ward, 1882-1960 Papers, 1936-1960 inclusive: A Finding Aid
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Language of materials: English
Abstract: The papers of Lauriston Ward contain correspondence, bibliographies, reports, publications
and budgets and attest to the breadth of Ward's involvement with various organizations
in archaeology and anthropology. Main interests focused on establishing the major
outlines in prehistoric Asiatic archaeology.
These papers were transferred to the Peabody Museum Archives by Carl C. Lamberg-Karlovsky
Heidi J. Miller, October 1994; edited by Patricia Kervick, Associate Archivist, October 2007.
Some restricted items such as letters of recommendation. Also some items are very
fragile. See Archivist.
Lauriston Ward received his BA from Harvard College in 1903 and his AM from Harvard University in 1934. Ward was Curator of Asiatic Archaeology at Harvard from 1937-1960 and served as
President and Founder of the Council for World Archaeology from 1953-1960 and Chairman of the American School of Prehistoric Research from 1954-1960.
Ward was very involved in archaeology, not as a dirt archaeologist per se, but as
a creative organizing force. His main interests focused on establishing the major
outlines in prehistoric Asiatic archaeology and linking the archaeology of several
sub-areas of Asia.
The Papers of Lauriston Ward are filled with correspondence with numerous people in
various organizations in archaeology and anthropology. Noteworthy is the large amount
of correspondence with women scholars and publications from two Harvard undergraduate
clubs (The Excavator's Club and The Anthropology Society.) The papers reflect Ward's
passion for bringing together people interested in the archaeology of Asia. In a letter
dated June 30, 1951, he states: "... There is at present no organization and no periodical
which serves their needs....Because of this split-up into separate groups, hardly
any serious work has been done on problems that involve more than one major area in
Asia. To the best of my knowledge Harvard is the only university where the archaeology
of Asia as a whole is taught. For many years I regularly gave an introductory course
in the archaeology of Asia and two graduate courses, one on the archaeology of the
Near East and one on that of the Far East." (From a letter in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting, 1951 file in Box 1.) His papers clearly reflect his commitment to bridging
gaps between people, disciplines and organizations.
- Box 1
- 1.1. Far East Bibliography: Published version in Tozzer . An Introductory Bibliography
of Far Eastern Archaeology, Prepared for use in connection with Anthropology 28 (Prehistoric
and Early Historic Archaeology of the Far East) at Harvard University. Feb. 1948,
reproduced by the "Anthropology Society," Peabody Museum, Harvard. Tozzer call number
AS. W214i Folio.
- 1.2. Correspondence with Mrs. MacCurdy, 1953-1959. Personal mainly, though there is some
information regarding donations Mrs. MacCurdy made to COWA, ASPR.
- 1.3. Viking Fund Medal Committee 1950-1951: Ward's letter of nominations for Willey, Albright,
- 1.4. American Anthropological Association meetings, 1954: Proposed Session. Includes a long abstract of Ward's paper, correspondence
between Ward and Brew regarding setting up the session: who to invite, etc.
- 1.5. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Meeting, Philadelphia, 1951. The correspondence between Ward and Dr. Marian Smith, who, at the time of the conference, was Secretary of Section on Anthropology-H.
- 1.6. American Association for the Advancement of Science, Meeting, Philadelphia, 1951.
- 1.7. Donald Brown . Letter of recommendation from Ward to Yale for Brown.
- 1.8. Sardis Expedition. Thank-you for a financial contribution by Ward.
- 1.9. Rainey, Froelich. Director of University Museum, UPENN: regarding putting together
an expedition to the Ancient Near East after the war.
- 1.10. Spelling of Archaeology. Correspondence relaying Ward's opinion that the spelling
remain 'archaeology' and not 'archeology', 1949.
- 1.11. Stein Material--Persia and Baluchistan. "Progress Report on the Stein Collection Research"
by D.W. Lockard and lists and short descriptions of site locations and pottery; includes
Ward's study cards of the area.
- 1.12. Dupree Thesis. Correspondence between Ward and Dupree regarding the final stages of
Dupree's Ph.D. thesis preparation; thesis outline he submitted to the Department for
approval; and a copy of part of a proposal to the Ford Foundation for further research
in South Asia.
- 1.13. Excavator's Club. Publications and general information about members; information
sheet about the club for the years 1940-1941 and 1941-1942. [A Harvard Club]
- 1.14. Anthropology Society [A Harvard Club] : Copies of their newsletter, The Ape (1950-1951) as well as THE BULLETIN (1947 and 1948). Plus misc.
- 1.15. Ksar 'Akil Correspondence. Regarding excavations by Father J. Franklin Ewing and Father
Joseph Doherty, Boston College (original sponsor, mid to late 30's). Fordham University (requested grant in 1945 to finish up). Recommendation written by Ward, proposal
by the excavators; mention of Ewing's work in the Philippines; and a detailed letter
from Ewing in the Philippines to Ward.
- 1.16. Ipiutak Material, Correspondence with Rainey. Notes on the material. Material was
loaned from American Museum of Natural History to Ward for study. Draft of a manuscript report. nb. paper is very fragile and brittle.
- 1.17. Origin of Cultivated Cotton. Letters discussing the issue.
- 1.18. Day, Florence E. Correspondence between Ward and Day and Ward and others concerning
helping Day find funding and/or a job after her dismissal from the Met. Ward writes
to Dupree (7/13/56): "Dr. Florence Day has suddenly lost her position at the Metropolitan
Museum. I have good reason to believe that it is through no fault of hers or because
her work was not eminently satisfactory but is simply a miserable piece of personal
spite." Also included in this file are Day's 'Personal History', publications and
papers lists, a list of commitments and future plans. In 1931 she did an MA at Radcliffe.
- 1.19. Chang, K.C. Recommendations for Junior Fellowship when Professor Chang was a graduate
- 1.20. Far Eastern Prehistory Association Correspondence with W.G. Solheim II concerning
Solheim's resurrection of the Association and Ward's membership, involvement, and
possible joint ventures with COWA.
- 1.21. Nuzi Publication. Correspondence between Ward, H.W. Eliot Jr. and R.F.S. Starr about
their contributions (and Mrs. Chute's). Some of the paper is very brittle.
- Box 2
- 2.1. Fairservis Thesis. 1957-1958 correspondence.
- 2.2. Fairservis. Regarding a post-doc grant for more field research. Recommendations, proposal,
- 2.3. MS. Old World Archaeology and Prehistory: first and second drafts, reference cards,
bibliography. For the Wenner Gren Yearbook of Anthropology, 1955.
- 2.4. Prof. Kim. Regarding Kim's research at the Peabody and the Yenching Institute as well
as his book on the prehistory and early history of Korea.
- 2.5. American Research Center in Egypt. Two files of various correspondence; fundraising,
etc. Copies of newsletters as well.
- 2.6. Department of Anthropology, Graduate Exams. 1949, 1955, 1956. General and special
exams for graduate students and undergraduates.
- 2.7. Misc. Curatorial. Internal memos, thank-you from visitors, etc. R.B. Dixon obituary.
- 2.8. Haring, Douglas G. Correspondence, 1946-1952.
- 2.9. Near East Expedition, 1938-1939. Lockard and Ward. Day by day and hour by hour journal
of what they did, as well as the budget.
- 2.10. Attempt at Near East Expedition II. Lockard and Ward. Correspondence, proposal, c.
- 2.11. International Congress Pre and Proto Societies. Third congress, Zurich 1950. Copy
of letter from Ward regarding his affiliation.
- 2.12. Wenner-Gren (Viking Fund) Seminars. Invite for a Viking fund dinner seminar, 1944.
Copy of Ward's thank-you for a 1950 seminar.
- 2.13. Correspondence including MacCurdy, Çambel, Haring, Dupree. Also, Dupree's first report
on Shamshi Ghar.
- 2.14. Correspondence, visiting committee of 1960, Association for Asian Studies membership
- 2.15. Ward's notes to himself, an old envelope.
- Box 3
- 3.1. Correspondence: "A-D": Beardsley, Braidwood, Brew, Cammann (worked on the PM's Tibetan
Collection), T.K. Cheng, de Terra.
- 3.2. Correspondence: "E-K" : Dyson, Eliot, Ehrich, Fairservis, H. Field, Frankfort, Frye,
Giddings (Cape Denbigh problem), Glueck (regarding a donation of some sherds), Kluckholm.
- 3.3. "L-R": Lattimore, Lockard (regarding photographing Stein material), MacCurdy, Movius.
- 3.4. "S-W": Sapir, letters from Ward to Scott, Starr looking for work, Worman, Wormington,
- 3.5. Recommendations, 1936-1959 Copies of recommendations Ward wrote for a variety of students
and colleagues. Noteworthy: Movius, Margaret P. Mickey, Howe, Hencken, R. Frye, Field,
Dyson, D. Brown, Worman.
- 3.6. Wenner-Gren Yearbook Article . 1954-1955 Correspondence regarding Ward's article.
- 3.7. Viking Fund Medal Committee 1953-1954 Nominations and vote tallies as well as correspondence
relating to the process.
- 3.8. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Section H Symposium 1953. The Non-Human Primates and the Problems of Human Evolution.
Correspondence and organizational letters.
- 3.9. American Anthropological Society 1952 meeting "Symposium on Relative Chronologies in Old World Archaeology." Correspondence.
- 3.10. Movius Russian Research Project 1949-1950. Status report by Movius to Ward.
- 3.11. Wenner-Gren Supper Conference 1957. Ward was the guest of honor. Folder contains an
abstract of his paper, guest list and correspondence with Wenner Gren.
- 3.12. Henry Eliot's Near East Displays. Lists of who gets a free copy and miscellaneous
- 3.13. Archaeological Institute of America 1952 Report on attendance of 1952 meeting. Estimate costs for the January 1952 issue
of the American Journal of Archaeology. N.b. AIA was once at Harvard Divinity School.
- 3.14. Recommendations to Foundations; recommendations for Rouse and two others.
- Eliot, Henry 3.2
- Ehrich, Robert 3.2
- Ewing, J. Franklin, S. J. 3.2
- Fairservis, Walter 3.2
- Fejos, Paul 3.2
- Field, Henry 3.2
- Finley, John H., Jr. 3.2
- Frankfort, Henri 3.2
- Frye, Richard N. 3.2
- Gallagher, E. B. 3.2
- Gaul, James L. 3.2
- Gebhard, Paul 3.2
- Giddings, Louis 3.2
- Gluck, Nelson 3.2
- Handy, E.S.C. 3.2
- Harp, Elmer 3.2
- Heine-Geldern, Robert 3.2
- Hibben, Frank C. 3.2
- Howard, Edgar B. 3.2
- Janse, O. 3.2
- Johnson, Frederick 3.2
- Rainey, Froelich G. 1.15
- Ward, Lauriston 1.15 3.2