Louis Ledoux: Papua New Guinea Collection
Nov 16, 2021
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Adventurer, Academic, Industrialist: Louis Pierre Ledoux 1936 New Guinea Expedition

In early 1936, on recommendation by American anthropologist Margaret Mead, Louis Pierre Ledoux, recent Harvard University graduate, headed to the lower eastern Sepik River of Papua New Guinea to study the Murik people.

The results of his self-funded expedition is an extraordinary collection of hundreds of artifacts, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, and letters left untouched for 85 years.

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1935 letter AP Elkin telling Ledoux go to Murik

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1935 letter AP Elkin telling Ledoux go to Murik

One Page handwritten letter with envelope, signed AP. Elkin, dated Jan. 8 1935, on The University of Sydney stationary, the letter states that Louis Pierre Ledoux should go to Murik where he should call on Father Jos. Schmidt [P. Joseph Schmidt] and recognize his work there, and that he should ask for his assistance as it is his first time in the field. The author thinks that F. Schmidt would then give him considerable assistance.
The letter also says that Chinnery [E.W. Chinnery, Australian government anthropologist] would help if Murik falls through.

[AP Elkin was a professor of anthropology at University of Sydney, and took on the Chair of Anthropology role in 1933 after A.R. Radcliffe-Browne and Raymond Firth both successively resigned the position. Elkin continued to run and edit the journal Oceania, which had been started by Radcliffe-Browne, until his death in 1979. ]

Date: 1930's
Material: Paperwork

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

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