Description: Anthropologist. Assistant, Royal Ethnographic Museum, Berlin, 1885-1886; privat-dozent, University of Berlin, 1885-1886; docent, Clark University, 1889-1892; assistant, department of anthropology, Columbian Exposition, 1892-1894; assistant curator, American Museum of Natural History, 1895-1900, curator, 1900-1905; lecturer, anthropology, Columbia Univeristy, 1896-1899, professor, 1899-1936, emeritus professor, 1936-1942. Boas was interested in a broad spectrum of cultural and physical studies and was a central figure in American anthropology from the early 1900s until his death in 1942. His students include (among others): Alfred Kroeber, Robert Lowie, Melville Herskovits, Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, Alexander Goldenweiser, Paul Radin, M. F. Ashley Montagu, Frank Speck, and Elsie Clews Parsons.
Data and Document Types: correspondence, notebooks and anthropometric data, manuscripts
Topics: cultural description and analysis, linguistics, ceremonial behavior
Discipline: physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology