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BOX 1-12 Part I: General Correspondence, 1933-1980
The General Correspondence series contains Métraux’s correspondence with her family and close friends and associates, as well as her broader professional correspondence. The series has been maintained in its original order and consists of an alphabetical and a chronological file. The alphabetical file includes correspondence with individuals with whom Métraux had close relationships. The largest amount of correspondence is with Margaret Mead. Often written in memorandum-style form, their exchanges focus largely on their professional collaboration. A small amount of their personal correspondence is included, primarily during the 1950s. The General Correspondence series in Part II contains additional correspondence with Mead of a more personal nature. Other correspondents represented in the alphabetical file include Theodora Mead Abel, Jane Belo, Edith Cobb, Kenneth P. Emory, Max Gluckman, Geoffrey Gorer, M. Inez Hilger, Margaret Lowenfeld, and William E. Mitchell. The file also contains family correspondence including letters to and from her son, Daniel Alfred Metraux, her brother-in-law, Guy S. Métraux, and letters from her mother, Annamarie Bubendey Epple. The chronological file traces Métraux's professional activities from 1948 to 1980 including research projects, administrative positions, teaching, lecturing, and publishing.
Material types include: letters sent and received with related attachments.
Arranged in two files: an alphabetical file organized by name of person and a chronological file. Digital files arranged as received.
BOX 1 Alphabetical file
Abel, Theodora Mead, 1954-1979
Bateson, Gregory, 1933-1938, 1946, 1953-1957, 1962-1978, undated See also Oversize
(2 folders)
Bateson, Mary Catherine, 1963-1976
Belo, Jane, 1954-1968
Benedict, Ruth See Container 14, same heading
Bubendey, Paul (brother), 1954-1976, undated
Cobb, Edith, 1950-1979, undated
Dillon, Wilton, 1959-1979
Eglar, Zekiye, 1955-1964
Emory, Kenneth, 1951-1980
Epple, Annamarie Bubendey (mother)
BOX 2 1960-1978, undated
Frank, Lawrence Kelso, 1961-1965
Gluckman, Max, 1963-1974, undated
Gorer, Geoffrey, 1940-1980
Hilger, M. Inez, 1953-1977
(2 folders)
Lowenfeld, Margaret, 1951-1977 See also Container 26, Projective tests
McDowell, Nancy, 1973-1978
BOX 3 Mead, Margaret See also Containers 21-23, same heading
1949, Oct.-1962, May
(7 folders)
BOX 4 1962, June-1964, May
(7 folders)
BOX 5 1964, June-1965, May
(6 folders)
BOX 6 1965, June-1972, June
(8 folders)
BOX 7 1973, Feb.-1978, Oct.
(4 folders)
Métraux, Alfred (husband) See Container 24, same heading
Metraux, Daniel (son), 1958-1979, undated
(3 folders)
Métraux, Eric (stepson), 1957-1977, undated
BOX 8 Métraux, Guy S. and Ruth, 1959-1978
Mitchell, William E., 1957-1978
(2 folders)
Mysbergh, James H., 1965-1980, undated
Nurge, Ethel, 1965-1966
Palmerston, Hanna, 1962-1979
Schneebaum, Tobias, 1974-1978, undated
(2 folders)
Schwartz, Lola and Theodore, 1960-1977, undated
BOX 9 Sleeper, Raymond S., 1962
Stroud, John, 1960-1962
Theobald, Robert and Joan Scott, 1962-1965
West, Martha Ullman, 1964-1979, undated
Chronological file
1948, July-1959, Dec.
(5 folders)
BOX 10 1960, Jan.-1965, July
(7 folders)
BOX 11 1965, Aug.-1976, Dec.
(9 folders)
BOX 12 1977, Jan.-1980, Nov., undated
(7 folders)
BOX 13-27 Part I: Subject File, 1905-1980
The Subject File series largely concerns Métraux's organizational affiliations. It also documents the lives and professional careers of colleagues with whom she collaborated, most notably Margaret Mead. The series includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, and reports from the American Museum of Natural History, the Institute for Intercultural Studies, and various professional committees and associations. A conference and meetings file, spanning the years 1951-1980, comprises the bulk of the series. It features Métraux's notes from conference sessions and committee meetings, which provide levels of detail often omitted from official proceedings and minutes. The series also contains subject files relating to Mead, anthropologist Ruth Benedict, and Métraux's husband, anthropologist Alfred Métraux, and background material on projective testing methods developed by Margaret Lowenfeld and used by Métraux in her research and fieldwork.
Material types include: correspondence, reports, minutes, notes, programs, photographs, addresses, bibliographies, writings, and printed matter.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material and thereunder chronologically.
BOX 13 Addresses and lists of names, 1973-1979, undated
(2 folders)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1959
American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y.
Correspondence and memoranda, 1962-1980, undated
(2 folders)
Margaret Mead film festival, 1977-1979
Photographic archives project, 1977-1979
Reports, 1971-1980
(2 folders)
Trip to Europe to survey collections from the Sepik region, Papua New Guinea, 1975
BOX 14 Benedict, Ruth
Miscellany, 1966-1979, undated
Writings not included in An Anthropologist at Work, 1905-1948, 1957-1958, 1980, undated
(2 folders)
Caribbean Studies Association, 1974-1979
City University of New York, New York, N.Y., recommendations for restructuring anthropology curriculum, 1976
"Concepts" filmstrip project, 1974
Conferences and meetings
Anthropology Work Conference in Mental Health Research, Chicago, Ill., 1951-1953
International Congress for Mental Health, Mexico City, Mexico
1952-1954, miscellaneous
BOX 15 1955
American Anthropological Association, Boston, Mass., 1955-1956
Conference on Providing Experiences with Infants in the Preparation of Home Economics, Washington, D.C., 1954-1956
World Federation for Mental Health, Istanbul, Turkey
Conference on French Community Studies, Haverford, Pa.
International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Philadelphia, Pa.
The Role of the Interpreter in Small Group Conferences, Washington, D.C., 1954-1956
Washington Conference on International Communication, Washington, D.C.
1957, Mental Health in Different Cultures, New York, N.Y.
BOX 16 1958
Conference on Community Action, Tuxedo, N.Y., 1958-1960
International Social Service, symposium on American adoptions of Asian children, 1959-1960
Public Housing Design Conference, New York, N.Y.
American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, Minn., 1960-1961
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Philadelphia, Pa., 1960-1961
Symposium on the Teaching of Anthropology, New York Academy of Sciences, New York, N.Y.
BOX 17 1961
American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, Pa.
Conference on Toy and Play Materials, New York, N.Y.
Miscellaneous, 1960-1961
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Annual meeting, Philadelphia, Pa.
Public Understanding of Science research meeting, Washington, D.C., 1961-1962
American Management Association, Industrial Preparedness Conference, New York, N.Y.
Space Law and Sociology Conference, New York, N.Y.
1963, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cleveland, Ohio
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