National Anthropological Archives

Guide to the Science Service records, circa 1920 - circa 1950


Collection ID:
Science Service
circa 1920 - circa 1950
Physical Description:
7 Linear feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
The collection consists of news releases and photographs together with a small amount of correspondence and other material. It is part of a complete file that was broken up among several units of the Smithsonian. This portion mostly concerns ethnology, archaeology, and physical anthropology. Included in the materials are portraits of anthropologists, views of archeological work, and ruins and reconstructions of ancient remains. There is material relating to the work of Robert Broom with Zinjanthropus; Richard Evelyn Byrd in Antarctica; Henry Bascom Collins at Cape Prince of Wales; Frances Densmore among the Chippewa and Papago; Thorne Deuel with radiocarbon dating; Melvin Leo Fowler with radiocarbon dating; Edgar Billings Howard relating to Folsom discoveries; John Peabody Harrington with Chief Wi'ishi; Mark Raymond Harrington at Gypsum Cave; with Ales Hrdlika among the Eskimo and in archeological work on Kodiak Island; Albert Ernest Jenks in Minnesota archeology; Neil Merton Judd at Pueblo Bonito; Alfred Vincent Kidder in Central America; Henry Kleke and his Folsom skull; Frederica de Laguna among the Eskimo; William S. Laughlin; Charles Lindbergh at Chaco Canyon; John Alden Mason in Peru; Guy E. Mitchell in China; Vincenzo Petrillo with the Goajiro; Froelich G. Rainey at Point Hope; Frank Harold Hanna Roberts, Jr., ; connected with Folsom man; C. Bertrand Schultz at Lime Creek, Nebraska; Sergio Sergi work with Shanidar remains; Harlan I. Smith in British Colombia; Frank Gouldsmith Speck among the Naskapi; Thomas Dale Stewart with Shanidar specimens and Tepexpan Man; and Matthew Williams Stirling with the Jivaro.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.


The collection is organized by Library of Congress Classification system.

Historical Note

Historical Note
Science Service was established in 1920 as a news service "to popularize science and to disseminate scientific knowledge."


Processing Information
The collection is unprocessed. Contact the repository for more information.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
Access to the Science Service records requires an appointment.
Preferred Citation
Science Service records, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The Smithsonian Institutional Archives and the National Air and Space Museum Archives hold Science Service records on topics unrelated to Anthropology.

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