Frederick Starr Liberian Research Collection

Institution: University of Chicago Library - Special Collections Research Center
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1504
Phone: 773-702-8705
Fax: 773-702-3728
Date: 1792-1890
Extent: .5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Frederick Starr (1858-1933) was professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago from 1892 until his retirement in 1923. In 1892, William Rainey Harper asked Starr to help organize a program in anthropology at the new University of Chicago. Starr taught anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology under the leadership of Head Professor Albion W. Small. He was an active and popular lecturer throughout his tenure at the University, combining a heavy teaching load with extensive travel. He also served as curator of the Walker Museum from 1895 until retirement. Starr's reputation was not based on his scholarship, but on a popular and controversial lecture style which did much to create an interest in the study of culture. Fay-Cooper Cole, Starr's successor at the University, praised him in the Dictionary of American Biography for "The wide interest he personally created in the subject of anthropology, and the appreciation of other peoples which he engendered in his students." Starr retired from active teaching in 1923.

Scope and Content Note:
For his work on the book Liberia: Description, History, Problems, Frederick Starr assembled a small collection of research materials. They cover the history of the American Colonization Society and Liberia from 1792 to 1890. The collection is divided into original documents and typed copies of original documents. Within each section, the papers are organized chronologically.

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