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996-20

Lothrop, Samuel K. Papers 1915-1962: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 996-20
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Creator: Samuel K. Lothrop
Title: Lothrop, Samuel K. Papers 1915-1962
Date(s): 1915-1962
Quantity: 4.2 linear feet (10 document boxes)
Abstract: This collection contains papers documenting Samuel K. Lothrop's research and work in Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Tierra del Fuego, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Also included are correspondence and reports concerning the Institute of Andean Research as well as Lothrop's surveillance work for the U. S. Military Intelligence Department during World War I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

#996-20
These papers were found in Peabody Museum offices and were accessioned in 1996.

Processed by:

Janelle Asplund and Ghyaelaine Young-Wales ; edited by Sarah Demb, Archivist
1996-2001

Conditions Governing Access:

Unrestricted except for Box 7 Military Intelligence Documents.

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Biographical Sketch

Samuel K. Lothrop had a long affiliation with the Peabody Museum that lasted from 1915-1960. After completing his Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University, he was appointed the Director of the Museum's celebrated Central American Expedition 1916-1917. Lothrop was an Associate in Anthropology from 1919-1934. In 1935 he was promoted to Research Associate in Anthropology for Middle America, a post which he kept until 1940 when he was named Assistant Curator in Middle American Archaeoiogy. Lothrop was designated Curator of the same department in 1943 and in 1947 became Curator for Andean Archaeology; a post which he held until 1960.
In addition to his work for the Peabody Museum, Lothrop also conducted and participated in explorations for the Carnegie Institute, the Museum of the American Indian (Heye Foundations), and the Institute for Andean Research. During his involvement with these various institutions, Lothrop traveled to much of Central and South America, including Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Tierra del Fuego. With the material gathered from his expeditions, Lothrop authored both anthropological and archaeological studies, including: Tulim: an Archaeological Study of Eastern Yucatan, (1924); Pottery of Costa Rica and Nicaragua (1926); Pottery Types and their Sequence in El Salvador (1927); Indians of Tierra del Fuego (1928); Indians of the Parama (1931 ); Atitlan: An Archaeological Study of the Borders of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (1933); Zacualpa: A Study of Quiche Artifacts (1936) Cocle: An Archaeological Study of Central Panama (Part I & Part II) (1937, 1941); Inca Treasure as Depicted by Spanish Historians (1938).
Lothrop also served in the U.S. Military Intelligence Department, working as an intelligence agent during World War I. Some of the papers pertaining to this work are contained in the archives, but may remain closed for a period of years to protect the privacy of individuals.

Arrangement

Scope and Content Note

The materials in this accession are organized by geographic region, according to Lothrop's archaeological work. The following places are represented: Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Tierra del Fuego, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Colombia. Also included are correspondence and reports concerning the Institute of Andean Research as well as Lothrop's surveillance work for the U. S. Military Intelligence Department during World War I. Researchers are also directed to search the "miscellaneous files" for materials related to Lothrop's work and professional correspondence.

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