Louis Ledoux: Papua New Guinea Collection
Nov 16, 2021
2 Frassetto Way Lincoln Park, NJ 07035, United States

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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Letter of Introduction Signed by Margaret Mead

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Letter of Introduction Signed by Margaret Mead

Original typed and signed letter on The American Museum of Natural History stationary, dated Oct. 29, 1935.

A letter of introduction written by Margaret Mead to Rev. Father Kirschbaum (who was stationed at Marienberg, New Guinea), introducing Louis Pierre Ledoux as someone set to do fieldwork in the Sepik district , and thanking Fr. Kirschbaum for his kind advice to herself and husband Doctor Fortune (R.F. Fortune and Mead had undertaken fieldwork in the Sepik from 1931-1933).

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection

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