Matilda Coxe Stevenson

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Matilda Coxe Stevenson
Matilda Coxe Stevenson circa 1870.jpg
circa 1870
Born Matilda Coxe Evans
(1849-05-12)May 12, 1849
San Augustine, Texas
Died June 24, 1915(1915-06-24) (aged 66)
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Nationality American
Fields Ethnologist
Institutions Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution
Alma mater Miss Annable's Academy; private study of law with her father, Alexander H. Evans; of chemistry and geology with Dr. N. M. Mew of the Army Medical School, Washington, D.C.; of ethnology with her husband, James Stevenson, of the USGS
Spouse James D. Stevenson (m. 1872)

Matilda Coxe Stevenson (née Evans) (May 12, 1849 – June 24, 1915), who also wrote under the name Tilly E. Stevenson, was an American ethnologist, born in San Augustine, Texas.

Life and career[edit]

Born Matilda Coxe Evans, in 1872 she married James Stevenson (1840-1888),[1] an ethnologist with whom she spent 13 years in explorations of the Rocky Mountain region. In the 1880s, the Stevensons "formed the first husband-wife team in anthropology."[2]

In 1885, Matilda Coxe Stevenson became the first President of the Women's Anthropological Society of America.[2][3][4]

After 1889 she was on the staff of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution. Stevenson explored the cave, cliff, and mesa ruins of New Mexico, studied all the Pueblo tribes of that state, and from 1904 to 1910 made a special study of the Taos and Tewa Native Americans. Artifacts collected by Matilda and James Stevenson are in the collections of the Department of Anthropology in the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. Papers from Stevenson are in the Institution's National Anthropological Archives.

Works[edit]

Stevenson was the author of:

References[edit]

Notes

Bibliography

  • Parezo, Nancy J. (1989). "Matilda Coxe Evans Stevenson". In Ute Gacs, Aisha Khan, Jerrie McIntyre, and Ruth Weinberg (eds.). Women Anthropologists: Selected Biographies (Illini Books edition, Reprint of Westport, CT: Greenwood Press original, 1988. ed.). Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 337–343. ISBN 0-252-06084-9. OCLC 19670310. 
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "Matilida Coxe Stevenson". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 

Further reading

  • Foote, Cheryl J. (1990). "6: "Every Moment is Golden for the Ethnologist" Matilda Coxe Stevenson in New Mexico". Women of the New Mexico Frontier, 1846-1912 (1st ed.). Niwot, Colo.: University Press of Colorado. pp. 117–146. ISBN 0-87081-215-7. 
  • McBride, Jennifer. "Matilda Coxe Evans Stevenson" on the Women's Intellectual Contributions to the Study of Mind and Society website
  • James, Henry Clebourne (1974). Pages from Hopi History. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. ISBN 978-0-8165-0500-5. 
    • A perspective on her research methods in relation to the Hopi, p. 109-110.
  • Miller, Darlis A. (2007). Matilda Coxe Stevenson: Pioneering Anthropologist. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3832-9.