The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, founded in 1901 and now named for its major patron, houses a fine collection that will be restored to view by 2014 but is currently closed for a major renovation. From 1903 to 1931, the collection was physically located in San Francisco. In the early days, the museum attracted many visitors who were keen to see Ishi, a native American who actually lived there from 1911 until his death in 1916. Resident native informants are unlikely to be featured in the renewed physical facilities on the Berkeley campus when the museum reopens after renovation, but it certainly will merit a visit. Incidentally, the building in which the museum collection is housed is named after a distinguished anthropologist Alfred Louis Kroeber (1876-1960) who was trained under Franz Boas at Columbia and taught at Berkeley. The museum itself was for a time named for another distinguished anthropologist, Robert Harry Lowie (1883-1957), but was renamed for Hearst. Much as we may appreciate our scholars, we must appreciate money more.
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