White and Boas
I was really very close with Leslie A. White, who was head of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan. But Leslie A. White was a very great figure in American anthropology. He was an ethnologist, did most of his fieldwork in the southwest. He wrote three monographic studies of various Pueblo groups, and so on. But he had a very controversial position in the field of anthropological theory. But it was a [theory] that appealed to me very much. It was what is still today called evolution in anthropology. It was popular in the nineteenth century, and fell into desuetude, I’d say in the 1920s-‘50s, primarily because so many students were Boas products of Columbia university, and they were strongly anti-evolutionary. But I sat in every course that I could of Leslie White’s. Leslie White, after all, went to LSU as a student. He left LSU in 1916 to join the U.S. Navy, and then when he came back to LSU, after a year or two he left to go to Columbia, where he got his Ph.D.