November 23, 2001 Margaret Mead Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress November 30

Press Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940
Public Contact: (202) 707-4604

The Library of Congress commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned -- and ofttimes controversial -- anthropologist Margaret Mead with an exhibition of some 150 items drawn from the large collection of letters, diaries, field notes, drawings, photographs, sound recordings and film that she gave to the Library before her death in 1978.

The collection documents her childhood, career and lifelong interests and covers many of the thorny issues -- such as nature vs. nurture -- that still interest anthropologists today. And the exhibition draws from the collection to examine her early formative years, her years of field research, and her role as a public media figure in the latter part of her life.

The exhibition is on view in the Northwest Pavilion of the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building from November 30 through May 2002. Hours for the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Members of the media interested in previewing the exhibition before it opens to the public on November 30 should contact Helen Dalrymple at (202) 707-1940 to set up an appointment. Photos are available.


PR 01-175
ISSN 0731-3527