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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Letter from E.W. P. Chinnery to Ledoux

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Letter from E.W. P. Chinnery to Ledoux

Original, handwritten, and signed letter date 24 Dec. 1935 from Australian Government anthropologist EW Chinnery to Louis Pierre Ledoux, advising Louis Pierre Ledoux to do as Margaret [Margaret Mead] thinks is best [in terms of where to do fieldwork], as "she knows what she is doing. There are several good places but she knows them all and any suggestion from me at this stage would probably only confuse you."

EWP Chinnery was the Australian government anthropologist in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea from 1924-1932, and Director of District Services in Rabaul 1932-1938. In 1919-1920 he had studied under AC Haddon at Cambridge University and lectured at the Royal Geographic Society. He also served on two UN missions to Africa after World War II. EWP Chinnery papers and photographs 1912-1937 are held at the National Library of Australia.

Date: 1930's
Material: Paperwork

Provenance: Louis Pierre Ledoux Collection




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