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Leland C. Wyman papers, 1908-1985 (bulk 1930-1980)

MS 441

Collection Summary

Creator: Wyman, Leland Clifton, 1897-
Collection Name:Leland C. Wyman papers
Inclusive Dates: 1908-1985
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1930-1980)
Physical Description:3.5 linear ft.
Abstract:Papers, 1908-1985, bulk 1930-1980. This collection is comprised of Leland C. Wyman’s interests, both personal and professional. The bulk is made up of personal and professional correspondence, lecture note cards, and publications. His professional files reflect both his careers as a biologist and an anthropologist.
Collection Number:MS 441
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Leland Clifton Wyman was born in 1897 Livermore Falls, Maine. He got his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1918 and his Ph. D. degree from Harvard in 1922. He taught experimental and theoretical physiology, sociology, anthropology, American Indian art, and Asiatic art at the Boston College of Liberal Arts. He also directed research work on Navajo ethnology at the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico. From 1942 to 1946 he served as chairman of the Division of Medical Sciences at Boston University. He spent 40 summers conducting research in the American southwest establishing him as one of the leaders on Navajo research. He was an author of numerous publications in the fields of biology and anthropology. For various years he was the curator of archives at the Museum of Northern Arizona and research associate at the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art. As part of his research and personal interests he traveled to Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Europe. He died in 1988.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains personal and professional materials relating to the life and career of Leland C. Wyman. The bulk of the personal series includes correspondence to and from Wyman as well as correspondence between others. General files relating to his personal life include his drawings and sketches and other materials collected by him including a song book, theatre programs, and newspaper clippings. Scrapbooks detail information on sports programs and materials on or about Livermore Falls and Bowdoin College. The professional series includes correspondence as well as general files on museum collections and his teaching files. The collection also contains a large amount of his index card lecture notes. Also present in the collection are numerous essays and publications by Leland Wyman, spanning over 60 years.


This collection is organized into two series.
Series I: Personal,
Series II: Professional,





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Wyman, Leland Clifton, 1897-1988

Indians of North America
Navajo Indians
Single Cell Research Foundation

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Leland C. Wyman papers(MS 441). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Personal, 1908-1985
Subseries I: Correspondence, ca. 1908-1985
This subseries is arranged chronologically. It contains correspondence between Leland C. Wyman with his family and friends. It is organized alphabetically and chronologically.
11 Correspondence 1900-1940s
12 Correspondence 1950s
13 Correspondence 1960-1964
14 Correspondence, 1965-1969
15 Correspondence , 1970
16 Correspondence , 1971-1972
17 Correspondence , 1973
18 Correspondence , 1976-1979
21 Correspondence , 1979-1981 1985
22 Correspondence-Season’s Greetings , 1956-1972
23 Correspondence-Season’s Greetings 1973-1975
24 Correspondence-Season’s Greetings 1977-1980 1983
25 Correspondence
Subseries II: General, ca. 1908-1985
This subseries is arranged alphabetically. It contains arts and crafts from childhood to his sketches for studying human anatomy, Bowdoin College files, calendars and schedules, childhood museum catalogue, essays, White Star ephemera, invitations and announcements, materials from his interest on magic and spiritual matters, newspaper clippings, notebooks, address book, song book, and theater programs from Europe.
31 Arts and Crafts-Drawings and sketches of animals and nature
32 Arts and Crafts-Drawings and sketches of geography and geology
33 Arts and Crafts-Scientific drawings of the human body
34 Arts and Crafts-Drawings and sketches of human subjects
35 Arts and Crafts-Drawings and sketches of objects
36 Bowdoin College files
37 Calendars and schedules
38 Childhood museum catalogue
39 Essays
310 First trip to Europe White Star ephemera
311 Invitations and announcements
312 Magic and spiritual
313 Magic-Newspaper clippings
41 Miscellaneous
42 Newspaper clippings
43 Notebooks and address book
44 Song book
45 Theater programs from Europe
Subseries III: Scrapbooks, ca. 1908-1940s
This series is arranged alphabetically. It contains scrapbooks dedicated to Livermore Falls, Bowdoin College, and college sports.
51 Scrapbook
52 Scrapbook Livermore Falls and Bowdoin College
53 Scrapbook-Programs of college sports events
Series II: Professional, 1908-1985
Correspondence 19201970
This series is arranged chronologically and alphabetically. It contains the professional correspondence of Leland C. Wyman.
61 Correspondence 1920s 1930s
62 Correspondence 1940 October-1945 October
63 Correspondence 1945 November-1949 November
64 Correspondence 1950s
65 Correspondence 1960s
66 Correspondence 1970-1980
67 Correspondence-Boston University MOnetary appointments 1922-1964
68 Correspondence-Donations, loans, and appraisal of collections ca 1937-1979
69 Correspondence-Exhibits and collections ca 1953-1979
610 Correspondence-Exhibit, The Art of Book in the East ca 1954-1958
611 Correspondence-Exhibits Islamic and Persian Art ca 1958-1963
612 Correspondence-Faculty and student research 1937-1959
613 Correspondence-Publications and reviews ca 1937-1978
614 Correspondence-Research on North American Indians and the southwest 1931-1979
615 Correspondence-Single Cell Research Foundation 1954-1970
616 Correspondence, Undated
Subseries II: General ca. 1920-1980
This series is arranged alphabetically. It contains Awards, recognitions, memberships, collection value, curriculum vitae, faculty and student evaluation, inventory of artifacts, invitations and announcements, journal, key to catalogue numbers of Wyman Collection, lectures and speaking engagements, miscellaneous, museum programs, flyers, catalogues, notes for exhibits, outlines, teaching materials, travel logs and itineraries.
71 Awards, recognitions, and memberships
72 Collection value ca. 1953-1958
73 Collection value-American Indian ca. 1960
74 Collection value-Asian
75 Collection value-Egyptian and African
76 Collection value-Islamic ca. 1958
77 Collection value-Latin America
78 Collection value-Persian and Indian ca. 1953-1958
79 CURRICULAM VITAE and personal information ca. 1927-1959
710 Faculty and student evaluation ca. 1948-1969
711 Inventory of artifacts
712 Invitations and announcements
713 Journal 1920
714 Key to catalogue numbers of Wyman Collection
715 Lectures and speaking engagements 1933-1972
716 Miscellaneous
717 Museum programs, flyers, catalogues ca. 1954-1970
718 Captions for exhibits
719 Outlines
720 Teaching materials
721 Travel logs and itineraries
Subseries III: Essays and publications
This series is arranged alphabetically. It contains bibliography, essays, journal articles, newsletters, publications, and papers and publications by others.
81 Bibliography 1922-1959 1970
82 Essays
83 Journal articles
84 Newsletters
85 Publications 1920s
86 Publications 1930s
87 Publications 1940s
88 Publications 1950s
89 Publications 1960s-1970s
810 Papers and publications by others ca 1912-1968
Subseries 4: Lecture note cards
Lecture note cards from his teaching days at Boston University on the topics of American Indians, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian culture and art.
9 Lecture note cards-American Indians
10 Lecture note cards-American Indians/China and Japan
11 Lecture note cards-China and Japan/India
12 Lecture note cards-India