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975-32

Briggs, Lloyd Cabot (1909-1975) Papers, 1930-1975, inclusive: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum Archives
Harvard University
1987; 2010

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 975-32
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Briggs, Lloyd Cabot (1909-1975) Papers,
Date(s): 1930-1975 (inclusive)
Creator: Lloyd Cabot Briggs
Quantity: 3.3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Abstract: The papers include personal and professional correspondence; Briggs' manuscripts on North Africa, Tuareg kinship and weapons, and peoples of the Sahara; research notes; photographs; watercolors; and ink drawings. A series of "miscellaneous" folders contains the notes of Carleton Coon, physical anthropology notes and materials relating to the 3rd Pan African Congress on Prehistory, 1955.

Processed by:

Preliminary inventory by Victoria Swerdlow, 1987; completion of processing by Brooke Norton, Boston Univesity Class of 2011; 2010; edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; 2010.

Acquisition Information:

975-32
These papers were donated by the Estate of Lloyd Cabot Briggs in 1975.

Access Restrictions:

Restrictions on access: none

Use Restrictions:

Restrictions on use: none

Biographical Sketch

Lloyd Cabot Briggs was an anthropologist who specialized in the prehistory of northwest Africa, but was also interested in the ethnology of Saharan peoples, especially the Tuareg. LLoyd Cabot Briggs was the son of Lloyd Vernon Briggs and Mary Tilotson Cabot Briggs. His father was a prominent Boston psychiatrist. A graduate of Harvard (B.A. 1931, M.A. 1935, Ph.D. 1952), Briggs was a Research Fellow in North African Anthropology at the Peabody Museum from 1952 until his death in 1975. He was also affiliated with the Museum through the American School for Prehistoric Research, of which he was an active member from the late 1940s until his death. From 1967 on, Briggs served as the chairman of the anthropology department at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, and from 1970 he was a technical consultant to the Laboratory of Applied Anthropology, University of Paris. Briggs left his ethnographic collection, working library, and professional papers to the Peabody Museum. Briggs' publications include: Living Races of the Sahara Desert (1958), Tribes of the Sahara (1960), Archaeologicial Investigations near Tipasa, Algeria (1963), and No More for Ever (1964), with N. L. Guede. He was honored by France with the Ordre du Merite, Saharien (1960) for his African studies.

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Scope and Content Note:

The Lloyd Cabot Briggs papers include professional and personal correspondence; Briggs' manuscripts on North Africa, Tuareg kinship and weapons, and peoples of the Sahara; research notes; photographs; watercolors; and ink drawings. A series of "miscellaneous" folders contains the notes of Carleton Coon (possibly relating to The Races of Europe, 1939), physical anthropology notes (including reference to "Disharmony in Negro"), and materials relating to the 3rd Pan African Congress on Prehistory, 1955.
In the same accession, there are related ethnographic objects from the Tuareg people of Algeria, including tents and tent poles, mats, saddles, lock boxes, amulets, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and embroidered velvet wedding dress. Supporting documentation in the accession file for objects includes field correspondence, objects lists, an article by Briggs, and photographs of the artifacts.

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