This small online selection from a Library of Congress (LC) exhibition celebrates Margaret Mead's birthday (December 16, 1901) for its 100th anniversary. As a popular but controversial anthropologist, Mead preserved extensive field notes and other documentation for later researchers to consult and interpret, and her collection at LC contains over 500,000 items. The exhibition is organized into three major areas: Mead's childhood and education, her field work in Samoa and other areas in the South Pacific, and her later work on American culture after 1940. The online exhibition begins with a pastel self-portrait Mead did at age 13 and concludes with a 1958 photograph of Mead and French anthropologist Rhoda Metraux looking at children's drawings that were inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite, Sputnik. In between are pictures of Mead with Samoan adolescent girls, children's drawings Mead collected, and a photo by Ken Heyman, the photographer Mead collaborated with to produce the popular 1960's picture book, Family.
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