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The Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship in Southwestern Anthropology

A Joint Initiative of the School of Anthropology and Arizona State Museum

In 1915, the University of Arizona hired Byron Cummings, the dean of Southwest archaeology, to establish a department of archaeology and direct the Arizona State Museum, which had been founded in 1893. Three of Dr. Cumming’s students, Clara Lee Fraps (Tanner), Florence M. Hawley (Ellis), and Emil W. Haury, received the first M.A. degrees in archaeology awarded by the University. Emil went on to earn his Ph.D from Harvard in 1934 and returned to the University of Arizona in 1937 to replace Cummings at his retirement in 1938. Clara Lee remained at the University of Arizona, where she inspired and nurtured several generations of students during a full half-century of dedicated service on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology. These individuals, along with colleagues such as Ned Spicer and Jane Hill, helped define Southwestern anthropology in the 20th century. In honor of Clara Lee—scholar, wife, and mother—and through a joint initiative of the School of Anthropology and the Arizona State Museum, the Tanner family has initiated the Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship. The Clara Lee Tanner Professor of Anthropology will teach, conduct research, publish, and engage with the public on topics related to the indigenous peoples of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico, their material culture, and their societies through time. We hope you will consider supporting this initiative. Your gift to the Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship will be an enduring investment that strengthens both the SoA and ASM and increases our ability to serve students, researchers, Native communities, and the general public. (Anthro News date: 6/14/2019)

For More Information about Clara Lee Tanner, click here.

See a Challenge from Professor Tom Sheridan here.

Donate to the Clara Lee Tanner Endowed Professorship fund here.