Friday, October 31, 2014

Clark Wissler Collection

The Clark Wissler Collection consists of the personal and professional correspondence of prominent American anthropologist Dr. Clark David Wissler ranging from circa 1906 to 1947. Notable correspondents include Yale University psychologist Robert Means YerkesLaurence Vail Coleman, Director of the American Association of Museums; American sociologist Robert S. Lynd; Wissler’s secretary and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, Bella Weitzner; paleontologist John Campbell MerriamH.V. Clulow of Oxford University Press; British anthropologist Beatrice Blackwood; and Wissler’s sister, Cora Bond.

Wissler wrote the foreword to the seminal 1929 sociological case study by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture, in which he described the Lynds’ study as a “pioneer attempt to deal with a sample American community after the manner of social anthropology.”

Clicking on the image will allow you to browse the collection.

See the Clark Wissler papers finding aid for addition information about Wissler and the complete collection held by Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.