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996-27

Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland and Joy Mahler Lothrop Papers, 1911-1992 : A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 996-27
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Creator: Samuel Kirkland Lothrop;
Creator: Joy Mahler Lothrop
Title: Lothrop, Samuel Kirkland and Joy Mahler Lothrop Papers, 1911-1992
Date(s): 1911-1992
Quantity: 8 linear feet
Abstract: These papers contain material related to Samuel Lothrop's fieldwork in Central and South America as well as to work done by his wife, Joy Mahler Lothrop, on indigenous textiles of Central and South America. Accession (996-27) is the second accession of Lothrop materials to the Peabody Museum Archives. The first accession (996-20) was found in the museum. Accession 996-27 was donated to the museum from the Lothrop Estate in 1996

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

996-27
These papers are a gift of Lothrop Estate
1996.

Processed by:

Melissa Gottwald; amended by Sarah Demb , Archivist
June 1999

Conditions Governing Access:

Unrestricted

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Biographical Sketch

Samuel Kirkland Lothrop (1892-1965) devoted his career to the archaeology of Central and South America. His field work and exploration included work done under Alfred V. Kidder for the Andover Museum in Pecos, New Mexico 1915; for Harvard University in Costa Rica 1948-49, in Honduras 1915-17, and in Panama 1933, 1940, and 1951; for the Carnegie Institute of Washington, D. C., in the Yucatan 1923 and Guatemala 1932-33; for the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, in Argentina and Peru 1924-25; and for the Institute of Andean Research in Peru 1941-44.
His appointments at the Peabody Museum included Associate in Anthropology 1919 and 1934 and Research Associate in Anthropology for M. Dale 1935-39. His curatorial career began in 1940 as Assistant Curator of Middle American Archaeology, becoming head curator of that collection in 1944. Samuel Lothrop was Curator of the Peabody Museum's Andean Archaeology collection from 1947 -1960.
Samuel Lothrop received his B.A. from Harvard in 1915 and Ph.D. in 1921. He married Rachel Warren in 1914, Eleanor Bachman in 1929, and Joy Mahler in 1958, all of whom worked with him on his archaeological research to varying degrees.
Very little information is available about Joy Mahler Lothrop. Also an archaeologist, she primarily studied indigenous textiles. Her activities included work for the Peabody Museum (1950s) and for the American Museum of Natural History. In the late fifties she collaborated on several publications with Samuel Lothrop, whom she married in 1958. Her independent work was published before, during and after her marriage. She died in 1996.

Arrangement

Series Descriptions--Samuel K. Lothrop

Series Descriptions--Joy Mahler Lothrop

Scope and Content Note

These papers contain material related to Samuel Lothrop's fieldwork in Central and South America as well as to work done by his wife, Joy Mahler Lothrop, on indigenous textiles of Central and South America. Of special note are the materials relating to Lothrop's work in Venado Beach, Honduras, which are entirely unpublished. The papers are arranged in the following series:

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