- Starr, Frederick, 1858-1933
- Call number
- MssCol 2862
- Physical description
- .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
- Some items in Spanish and Spanish-Nahuatl dialect
- Preferred Citation
Frederick Starr papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Frederick Starr (1858-1933) was an American anthropologist and ethnologist. He taught biology at Coe College and geography at Chautauqua University and worked as a classifier in the Dept. of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History. In 1891 he taught geology and anthropology at Pomona College and the following year organized the Anthropology Dept. at the University of Chicago where he taught until his retirement in 1923. Collection consists of correspondence, reports, lectures, vocabularies, documents, and related materials of Starr and others. Bulk of the papers deals with Starr's work as an anthropologist among the Indian tribes of southern Mexico and includes Spanish translations of poetry and folk tales, vocabularies of Spanish works with Indian translations, anthropometrical data, and Mexican government documents of the 1860s. Also, lectures, studies, reports, and thesis by others; materials concerning Starr's work in Liberia and the Congo; and miscellaneous items relating to China, Japan and Korea.
Frederick Starr was born in Auburn, New York in 1858 and died in Tokyo in 1933. He received his Ph. D. from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and from 1883-1889 taught biology at Coe College and geography at Chatauqua University. He worked at the American Museum of Natural History as a classifier in the Department of Ethnology. In 1891 he taught geology and anthropology at Pomona College and in the following year he organized the department of anthropology at the newly-established University of Chicago where he taught until his retirement in 1923.
The bulk of the papers deals with his work as an anthropologist among the Indian tribes of southern Mexico and includes Spanish translations of poetry and folk tales, vocabularies of Spanish words with Indian translations, anthropometrical data, and miscellaneous Mexican government documents of the 1860s. There are also lectures by Abraham Castellanos on the Mixteca language, a study by Edward Palmer of the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico, and an account book, 1833-1836, which also contains writings in the Spanish-Nahuatl (?) dialect which appear to be instructions in Roman Catholic liturgical practices. Also in the papers are letters and other material concerning Starr's work in Liberia and the Congo, reports of student demonstrations in Korea, 1929-1930, a study of the Choctaw Indians by John Casswell, a thesis by Shigeaki Ninomiya concerning the history of social classes in Japan, and a few miscellaneous items relating to China, Japan, and Korea.
Source of acquisition
Received from [Reginald Starr?]
Accessions by R. M. Salvato, April 5, 1982
- Casswell, John
- Castellanos, Abraham, 1868-1918
- Ninomiya, Shigeaki
- Palmer, Edward, 1829-1911
- Starr, Frederick, 1858-1933
- Catholic Church
- Anthropology -- Study and teaching
- Indians of Mexico -- Anthropometry
- Indians of North America -- Anthropometry
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328