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Catalog Number 101.20
Title Elizabeth Little collection
Date 1980-2003
Collection size 2 folders
Creator Little, Elizabeth A.
Other Creators Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology
Administrative/Biographical History Elizabeth Alden Little (1926-2003) grew up on Long Island, NY, and Nantucket, MA. She received her BA from Wellesley College in 1948, her PhD in Physics from MIT in 1954, and her MA in anthropology from UMass Amherst in 1985. Little's interest in archaeology led her to volunteer for a summer excavation on Nantucket in the 1970s. From there, her late career in archaeology bloomed: she worked on research and conservation archaeology programs in Nantucket, decided to pursue a master's program at Umass Amherst, where she researched burial interpretation under advisor Dena Dincauze, and began to publish well-received articles on a variety of archaeological topics. She was also actively involved with the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.

Elizabeth married John D.C. Little in 1953, and the two had four children: John N., Sarah A., Thomas Dunham C., and Ruel D.
Scope & Content This collection consists of articles written by Little, and correspondence between her and the museum, as well as between her and others, including Dena Dincauze. There is also what looks like material prepared by the museum to honor her after her death in 2003.
Conditions Governing Access This collection is open for research.
Language of Material English