The Museum of Anthropology in Kroeber Hall on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley has had an interesting and distinguished history that reflects the shifting currents of higher education and public philanthropy in the United States. At first opened under the patronage of the Hearst family and located in San Francisco before the first World War, the collection was moved onto the Berkeley campus in 1931 but with so little space that it was not opened to the public until 1959 when it was named in honor of pioneer anthropologist Robert H. Lowie. Some of us will continue to think of it as the Lowie Museum, and rightly so, but it was renamed for Phoebe A. Hearst in 1991--and this name is likely to stick for a long time due to the philanthropic importance of the family which makes it possible to display scholarship.
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