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Field Museum Publications: Anthropology

Anthropology Publications

Featured here are the scientific publications documenting original research in Anthropology that have been published by the Museum since its inception.


There are four series: Anthropology, Botany, Geology and Zoology. These publications are known as Fieldiana today, and comprise the majority of The Field Museum's contributions to the Biodiversity Heritage Library(BHL).

Field Columbian Museum. Anthropological series (1895-1905)
Field Museum of Natural History. Anthropological series (1912-1943)
Fieldiana. Anthropology (1945-2006; current issue available via BioOne and JSTOR subscription databases)

Design Series

Anthropology design series / Field Museum of Natural History(1924-1931)

Handbooks and Special Publications

This series had a very limited run in the early years, but each of the four disciplines did publish at least one:

Ancient Egypt, by Donald Whitcomb, Peter Lacovara, William J. Murnane, Bruce Williams, and Judith Cottle
Archaeology of North America, Hall B, by Paul S. Martin
Australian Aboriginal Art: Arnhem Land, by Louis A. Allen
The Art of Benin. A Catalogue of an Exhibition of the A.W.F. Fuller and Chicago Natural History Museum Collections of Antiquities from Benin, Nigeria, by Phillip J.C. Dark.
Ethnology of Africa, Hall D, by Wilfrid D. Hambly
Ethnology of Polynesia and Micronesia, Hall F, by Ralph Linton
The Fuller Collection of Pacific Artifacts, by Ronald W. Force and Maryann Force
Indian Art of the Americas, by Donald Collier
Indians of the Western Frontier, Paintings of George Catlin, by George I. Quimby
The King’s Day. A Day in the Life of an African King, by Margaret Plass
The Melanesians, People of the South Pacific, by Albert B. Lewis
Oriental Theatricals, by Berthold Laufer


Monographs (longer papers) in a large format containing full-page plates. Otherwise, identical to Fieldiana.

Anthropology, Memoirs / Field Museum of Natural History (1925-1940)

Popular Series/Leaflets

These non-technical booklets on a variety of subjects had a very limited run in the early years, but each of the four disciplines did publish several. The titles "Popular" and "Leaflet" are used interchangeably these days.

Leaflet / Field Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Anthropology (1922-1924)
Anthropology leaflet / Field Museum of Natural History (1924-1945)
Popular series. Chicago Natural History Museum. Anthropology (1948-1959)


A series documenting museum methods and practices. A limited run in the early years of the museum. These were numbered consecutively throughout entire technique series, but separated by their subject area:

A New Method of Making Foliage for Miniature Dioramas. By Alfred L. Rowell.

Anthropology Publications

© The Field Museum, CSA68301. 

From A Sumerian Palace and the "A" Cemetery at Kish, Mesopotamia by Ernest Mackay. Anthropology Memoirs series 1929 Vol. 1 No. 2.