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Esther Schiff Goldfrank fonds


Physical Description:
1 microfilm reel (562 pages). -- 52 photographs

Esther Schiff, 1896-1997, was born in New York City, USA and educated there at the Ethical Culture School and Barnard College. She was married twice: first to Walter S. Goldfrank in 1922, and then to Dr. Karl Wittfogel in 1940. She carried out anthropological field work in New Mexico, 1920-1924, and on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta as part of Ruth Benedict's field project out of Columbia University, 1939. She taught in New York City, and published numerous studies including Changing Configurations in the Social Organization of a Blackfoot Tribe During the Reserve Period (The Blood of Alberta Canada) / Esther Schiff Goldfrank. - New York : J.J. Augtin, 1945.

Custodial History:
Esther Goldfrank loaned the notebooks to Glenbow for microfilming before she donated all of her anthropological papers to the Smithsonian.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of microfilm of field notes regarding trip to Alberta, and a photograph album of a Blood sun dance.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Esther Schiff Goldfrank, 1964-1968.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original field notes are held by the Smithsonian Institution, National Anthropological Archives, Washington, DC.
Also available on CD.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
PD-90, Microfilm Goldfrank

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