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Charlotte Gower Chapman (1902-1982)

Creator: Moffett Studios


Subject: Chapman, Charlotte Gower 1902-1982

       United States Marine Corps

       Lingnan University (Hong Kong, China)

       United States Office of Strategic Services

       United States Central Intelligence Agency


Type: Black-and-White Prints


Topic: Women anthropologists

     Women scientists



Local number: SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA-SIA2008-2015]


Summary: Charlotte Gower Chapman (1902-1982), an ethnologist and author of Milocca: A Sicilian Village, was teaching at Lingnan University in China when the United States entered World War II; she was taken prisoner by the Japanese and repatriated in 1942. Chapman then joined the Marine Corps, was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, and, in 1947, became a Central Intelligence Agency employee, working there until her retirement in 1964. This public relations photograph, distributed by the University of Chicago, where Chapman earned a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1928, was captioned "Miss Charlotte Gower studies Sicilians in their native hills, in Chicago's Little Italy, in agricultural settlements in the south." The book based on her fieldwork had been completed in 1935 but was not published until 1971.


Cite as: Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives


Persistent URL:Link to data base record


Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives


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