Burch, Ernest S., 1938-2010

Burch, Ernest S., 1938-2010



  • Existence: 1938 - 2010


Ernest S. Burch was born in New Haven, CT on April 17, 1938. In 1954, he applied to become a junior member of Donald B. MacMillan's 29th arctic expedition and was accepted. When he returned after a three month trip to Labrador, Greenland and northern Baffin Island on the schooner "Bowdoin," he decided to become an anthropologist. That led him to Princeton University, where he majored in sociology, graduating cum laude in 1960. After a year as a researcher in an environmental impact study in northern Alaska, he attended the University of Chicago. There he majored in anthropology, receiving his M.A. in 1963, and his Ph.D. in 1966. n the fall of 1966 he was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He resigned from that position in 1974, and has been an independent scholar ever since, supported by research grants and contracts. He has been a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution since 1979. (from Arctic Studies Center)Burch died in 2010.

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Stefansson Mss-75
Identifier: Mss-75
Date(s): 1960

Ernest S. Burch, (b.1938) Consist of his thesis "The traditional Labrador Eskimos," submitted to the Dept. of Economics and Sociology at Princeton University in 1960. Also includes a letter from Vilhjalmur Stefansson to Burch, discussing the thesis and Burch's future studies.