Collection MS/MS 01.114 - Ralph Luebben Papers 1950-1999

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US US-IaGG MS/MS 01.114

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Ralph Luebben Papers 1950-1999




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Ralph A. Luebben, appointed in 1957, was the first Grinnell College faculty member with a doctorate in anthropology. Originally hired by the Sociology Department to creat an anthropology curriculum within its discipline, Luebben later facilitated the formation of a separate Anthropology Department and a summer archaeological field school. Luebben was the first tenured anthropologist and served as the department chair for several years during his forty years at Grinnell College.


Past Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Anthropological Association

Fellow, Society for American Archeology

Society for Applied Anthropology


Some Miscellaneous Academic Activities

1965-66 - Director, Vienna Foreign Study Program, Colorado Woman's College (3 semesters)

1967-80 - Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Grinnell College

1968-72, 1977-82 - Faculty representative for Grinnell College to the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference

1969-72 - Grinnell College Visiting Lecturer

1979-80 - American Anthropological Association Visiting Lecturer

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This collection contains numerous articles and papers written by Luebben throughout his career, in addition to materials for the courses he taught at Grinnell, personal correspondence, clippings, photos, and writings by colleagues.

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