Physical Anthropology: Its scope and aims; its history and present status in America

Aleš Hrdlička
1918 American Journal of Physical Anthropology  
AMERICA There is no natural line of demarkation that would separate the older from the more recent history of Physical Anthropology in this country, and it is even impossible to draw any artificial line. The division here adopted, into the history of the branch connected with workers who are no more with us and that connected with workers still living, is quite arbitrary and merely for the purpose of facilitating discussion. The writer would fain have left the task of recording the recent
more » ... y of progress in this branch to one of his colleagues and had entertained the hope that Professor MacCurdy might be induced to take up the work, but owing to death in the Professor's family and other untoward circumstances, this could not be done. When the writer &ally assumed the task he found it embarrassed with many difficulties, and tiirned for needed support and assistance to his associates on the editorial board of this journal where he met with generous response. Professor MacCurdy in particular gave valuable assistance by placing at the writer's disposal his manuscript notes on "The Academic Teaching of Anthropology" in this country. If notwithstanding the help thus freely tendered the writer and his own prolonged research in the field, the account here presented should not be found free of imperfections, this will be due largely to the loss of precious personal information on certain points that could have been furnished by such men as Brinton, Putnam, McGee and Mason; to the many obstacles in the way of 267 AAIER. S O T R . PHYS. bNTAROP., VOL. I, NO. 3 See Dorsey, George A., History of the Study of Anthropology s t Harvard University. The Denison Quartedy, IV, No. 2, 1896, 77-97. For his bibliography sec final sectioii of this memoir. Sc., 1916, 11, 713-718. 9-15.
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