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Seltzer, Carl Coleman, 1908-2003



  • Existence: 1908 - 2003


Carl Coleman Seltzer was born in 1908, and received his Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Harvard University in 1933. During the second world war Seltzer remained at Harvard, but assisted in American army office recruitment by conducting thousands of physical measurements of inductees, thus helping create a major database which included smoking and lifestyle information. This later became the basis for a major health research program after the war known as the 'Grant study'. For years after the war Seltzer returned to just being a low-level physical anthropologist graduate who worked as a honorary (self-funded) researcher through Peabody Museum on the Harvard campus. He did work on American Indian tribes, helping the government to determine which Indian groups held tribal rights to various national resources. Seltzer died in 2003.

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Carl C. Seltzer typescript

Identifier: Mss-131
Stefansson Mss-131
Date(s): 1932

Carl Coleman Seltzer (1908-2003), anthropologist. Consist of typescript of Seltzer's monograph, entitled "The physical anthropology of the mediaeval Icelanders with special reference to their racial origin." The monograph is based on the study of the skeletons which Stefansson found in 1904, and which are now housed in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

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