Title

My Dear Miss Ransom: Letters between Caroline Ransom Williams and James Henry Breasted, 1898-1935

Abstract

Caroline Louise Ransom Williams (1872-1952) is remembered as the first American university-trained female Egyptologist, but she is not widely-known in the history of science. Her mentor was James Henry Breasted, well-known as the first American Egyptologist and founder of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. As long as they worked together and as much as they depended on each other professionally, Ransom Williams is little more than a footnote in the published history of archaeology. She was a successful scholar, instructor, author, and museum curator. She also had personal struggles with her mother and her husband that affected the choices she could make about her career. This book presents the correspondence between Ransom Williams and Breasted because the letters are crucial in piecing together and allowing an in-depth analysis of her life and career.

The written conversation, comprised of 240 letters between the two, shows that Ransom Williams had a full life and productive career as the first American female Egyptologist. Through these letters, we see part of a life that is unique while at the same time analogous to other professional women in the period. This edition is the first book-length discussion of Ransom Williams’ life and career.

Department(s)

History and Political Science

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-178491782-1

Document Type

Book

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2018 Archaeopress and Kathleen L. Sheppard, All rights reserved.

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