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Margaret Lantis: A Lifetime of Inquiry

In the summer of 2014, the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center began to process the Margaret Lantis Collection—a substantial compilation of the research and personal and professional papers and photographs of this University of Kentucky professor emerita’s accomplished career.

Margaret Lantis was a professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky from 1965 to 1974. Her tenure at the university was preceded by 25 years of pioneering field work and ethnography of the circumpolar region and various U.S. cultural groups.   

As Lantis approached her retirement, students described her as an "incessantly curious observer," intent on "watching and listening acutely to the world." A survey of the Margaret Lantis Collection provides insight into her ongoing commitment to inquiry throughout her seven decades of field experience, public service, teaching, and research.

As the University of Kentucky approaches its 150th anniversary, this exhibit highlights the work of our professor emerita. The first exhibit section, Margaret Lantis, provides a biographical sketch of Lantis's life and career; while the subsequent sections spotlight, in rough chronological order, the following prominent collection series: Nunivak Island, War Relocation Authority, Tuberculosis, Village Sanitation, and Earthquake Impact Studies.

Click on the image above to enter the exhibit.