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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Origin of Man Symposium Records 1965

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Origin of Man Symposium. Records

Dates:

1965

Size:

2.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The Origin of Man Symposium was held April 2-4, 1965, at the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Chicago. It was convened by Sol Tax, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Contains correspondence, lists of participants, reports, financial records, order forms, press releases, photographs, and transcripts and tapes of the symposium.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Origin of Man Symposium. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The "Origin of Man" symposium was held April 2-4, 1965, at the Center for Continuing Education. It was organized and convened by Sol Tax, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

The symposium was a working conference of anthropologists, designed to assist the participants in re-thinking and reformulating their views on the origin of man in the light of new information on the subject.

The symposium was occasioned by Louis S.B. Leakey's visit to the United States. L.S.B. Leakey was the principal anthropologist involved with the archeological work at the Olduvai Gorge in Tanganyika, where the partial remains of several early men were discovered. It was Leakey's theory that three types of early man-like beings, habilis, Pithecanthropis, and Australopithecus, were living in the gorge simultaneously. This view of man's origin in opposed to the view traditionally held by anthropologists that of a single line of descent for man.

Scope Note

The "Origin of Man" papers have been organized into two parts. Boxes 2, 3, 4, contain transcripts and tapes of the symposium. Box 1 contains all other materials pertaining to the symposium--preparations for the conference, press coverage, financial arrangements, some of the individual papers presented at the symposium, and correspondence about the symposium

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1    Folder 1

Correspondence with L.S.B. Leakey

Box 1    Folder 2

Correspondence sent to all participants, lists of participants

Box 1    Folder 3

Correspondence with individual participants

Box 1    Folder 4

Preparations for the symposium, program, arrangements

Box 1    Folder 5

Press releases by the Public Relations Office

Box 1    Folder 6

Press coverage of the symposium

Box 1    Folder 7

Miscellaneous papers presented, notes taken at the symposium

Box 1    Folder 8

A report on the symposium by Paul DeVore

Box 1    Folder 9

Letters and order forms for tapes, transcripts, of the symposium

Box 1    Folder 10

Thank-you letters, miscellaneous post-conference correspondence

Box 1    Folder 11

Correspondence with the typing company, printer, U.S. Copyright Office

Box 1    Folder 12

Financial

Box 1    Folder 13

Photographs

Box 2   Folder 1

Primary transcript of the conference, unedited, with annotations, comments

Box 2   Folder 2

Primary transcript

Box 2   Folder 3

Primary transcript

Box 2   Folder 4

Primary transcript

Box 2   Folder 5

Primary transcript

Box 2   Folder 6

Primary transcript

Box 2   Folder 7

Unedited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 8

Unedited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 9

Unedited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 10

Unedited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 11

Unedited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 12

Edited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 13

Edited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 14

Edited transcript of the symposium

Box 2   Folder 15

Correction sheets for the transcript book

Box 3

Recordings 1-8, 12-15, 18-19

  • These items have been reformatted for access.
Box 3a

Recording 20

  • These items have been reformatted for access.
Box 4

Recordings 20a-32

  • These items have been reformatted for access.
Box 4

Published version of the Transcript, distributed through Current Anthropology for the Wenner-Green Foundation for Anthropological Research, I

Box 4

Index for tapes.