The Clark Wissler Collection consists of the personal and professional correspondence of prominent American anthropologist Dr. Clark David Wissler ranging from circa 1906 to 1947. Notable correspondents include Yale University psychologist Robert Means Yerkes; Laurence Vail Coleman, Director of the American Association of Museums; American sociologist Robert S. Lynd; Wissler’s secretary and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, Bella Weitzner; paleontologist John Campbell Merriam; H.V. Clulow of Oxford University Press; British anthropologist Beatrice Blackwood; and Wissler’s sister, Cora Bond.
Wissler wrote the foreword to the seminal 1929 sociological case study by Robert S. and Helen Merrell Lynd, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture, in which he described the Lynds’ study as a “pioneer attempt to deal with a sample American community after the manner of social anthropology.”
The records in this digital collection were selected from Series 2 (Correspondence, 1906-1947) of the Clark Wissler papers (MSS.304) held by the Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections. By default, items in the digital collection are arranged alphabetically by title. When viewing a single item, click the contents of the “Folder” field (e.g. “MSS.304, Box 01, Folder 001”) in the description below the item to view additional items within the same folder of the corresponding paper collection that have been digitized.
See the Clark Wissler papers finding aid for addition information about Wissler and the complete collection held by Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.