Natures and Cultures: The World Anthropology Series

In 1973, Sol Tax, a highly esteemed member of the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology, organized an international congress of 4,000 anthropologists to produce a series of books on new topics that would "show the variety and scope of modern anthropological research." With a $200,000 advance from Mouton, the Dutch publisher, Tax and a team of editors assembled the conference papers into the 91-volume World Anthropology Series. This exhibit of manuscripts, correspondence, conference artifacts, and many of the books in the series, marks the publication of the final volume of the series. Kathleen Zar, anthropology bibliographer at the University of Chicago Library arranged the exhibit from records and unpublished papers of the conference, which are deposited in the University archives, held in the Special Collections Resource Center at the University of Chicago Library.