Six Decades at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Tag: Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum

The author is a past or present member of the Board of the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum, or otherwise plays a role in the HMA members group.

Barbara Hail – Curator Emerita

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Hail at the Brooklyn Museum when consultant for TIPI exhibit, 2011.

In 1955 the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology transformed from a private collection with few viewers to a university museum with a diversified audience and a profound commitment to the indigenous peoples, world-wide, whose artifacts the museum held.  Douglas Anderson embedded this philosophy into our first mission statement, writing that we have a responsibility to the communities from whom our collections have come. Continue reading

Peter S. Allen – Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Rhode Island College

 I came to Brown in the fall of 1966 as a graduate student in anthropology.  Lou Giddings had died a few years earlier, but his influence was still strong and his widow, Betsy, was continuing his work at the museum.  I visited the museum several times a year during my graduate years and there was always a department party on the museum grounds each spring.  Doug and Wanni Anderson lived in the small house on the water and Betsy was in the “big house.” Although I eventually focused on cultural anthropology for my doctoral work, my MA was in archaeology, supervised by Jim Deetz. None of my MA work involved artifacts from the museum, but I continued to visit and view the collections and used some as a subject for a paper I wrote for Alex Ricciardelli, then a professor of anthropology at Brown.

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