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2001.19

Katz, Milton, 1907-1995, Field Journals (Wulsin Expedition), 1927-1928: A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum Archives
Harvard University
October 2011

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 2001.19
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Katz, Milton, 1907-1995, Field Journals (Wulsin Expedition),
Date(s): 1927-1928
Creator: Milton Katz
Quantity: .25 linear feet(2 field notebooks)
Abstract: Milton Katz original diary documenting travels in Africa with Harvard African Expedition; anthropological field notes; itinerary; Pygmy vocabulary notes.

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Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist October 2011

Acquisition Information:

2001.19
These papers are a gift of Vivian Katz, 2001

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Restrictions on access: none

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Restrictions on use: none

Biographical Sketch

Milton Katz was a teacher and scholar of international law at Harvard Law School and former administrator of the United States Marshall Plan in Europe, a position which established his international reputation. Katz joined the Law School in 1939 and served as the Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law from 1954 to 1978. During one of his leaves of absence for government service, Katz served as Ambassador and Special United States Representative in Europe (early 1950;s), succeeding W. Averell Harriman.
Between graduating from Harvard College and attending Harvard Law School, Milton Katz accompanied Frederick R. Wulsin and Patrick T. L. Putnam on an expedition to Africa (1927-1928) sponsored by the Bureau of International Research of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller fund. Its purpose was to search for archaeological material in the Sudan which might provide information on the movement of populations there, and the study of pygmies.

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Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of two field composition notebooks. The first notebook is a diary of the Wulsin expedition to Africa. Begun on November 28, 1927, Katz writes, "On this day, at Wulsin's request, I commence a journal of our trip. He esteems a personal journal of this order above the standardized anthropological data I may gather as his assistant." The second composition notebook contains pygmy vocabulary that "Wulsin collected at Gombari through a Negro who spoke Swahili and Bongalla, as well as French."

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