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J. Louis Giddings Collection

Scope & content

A pioneer of dendrochronology and a preeminent Arctic archaeologist, J. Louis Giddings was a prolific writer, publishing over 70 articles in academic journals and several seminal books on Arctic cultures and archaeology in his nearly 30 year career. The collection encompasses the years from 1937 until 1967, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1956 to 1964. It includes materials such as business records related to his numerous archaeological expeditions to Alaska, expense reports, invoices purchase orders, field notes, grant applications, biographical notes, book review manuscripts, conference proceedings and early business records of the Haffenreffer Museum of the American Indian. Also included in this collection are correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, photographs and slides, and films. Additional materials were collected by his wife, Ruth (Bets) Warner Giddings and represent continued work on Giddings’ archaeological sites in Alaska by his colleagues after his untimely death in December 1964.