This U.S. Library of Congress online exhibition presents selections
from anthropologist Margaret Mead's collection in commemoration of
her 100th birthday anniversary.
|Margaret Mead (center) in Somoa
And if you count time in academic years, the birth of Herman B Wells in the Hoosier town of Jamestown in June 1902 coincided with the birth of Mead, who was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 16, 1901.
In Indiana, the unpunc-tuated B in Wells' name originated from his mother,
one of nine children whose middle names began with B. Wells' parents
could not decide on a name to go with the letter so it would forever
stand alone. In Philadelphia, Mead's father nicknamed her "the
Interestingly, if locale were the only barrier, Wells and Mead might have crossed paths in their youths. After a year of study at the University of Illinois (1920-21), the future president of IU transferred to the Bloomington campus. It was that year that Mead, who had been studying at DePauw University in nearby Greencastle, transferred to Barnard College and began her anthropological studies.