Parsons, Elsie Clews

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Parsons, Elsie Clews Gender: F
Elsie Worthington Clews Parsons
born on 27 November 1874 at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone LMT m74w0 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 05°39' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 03°01 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 18°17'

Elsie Clews Parsons (aboard her schooner, the "Malabar V.")
photo: Photo property of the Parsons family. Submitted to Wikipedia by James Parsons. P, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American anthropologist, sociologist, folklorist, and feminist who studied Native American tribes—such as the Tewa and Hopi—in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. She helped found The New School. She was associate editor for The Journal of American Folklore (1918-1941), president of the American Folklore Society (1919-1920), president of the American Ethnological Society (1923-1925), and was elected the first female president of the American Anthropological Association (1941) right before her death.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Barnard College in 1896. She received her master’s degree (1897) and PhD (1899) from Columbia University.

Every other year, the American Ethnological Society awards the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize for the best graduate student essay, in her honor.

She died on 19 December 1941 at age 66 in New York City.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the family bible in Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt, "Wealth and Rebellion: Elsie Clews Parsons, Anthropologist and Folklorist" (University of Illinois Press, 1992), p. 16: "You were born on Friday, November 27. 1874 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grosvenor House, 5th Ave. and 10th St. This morning I spent at your mother's getting figures for her personal tax assessment and while there she got out her keys and her tin box and her Bible and gave me the above extract -- Herbert Parsons."


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (PhD in Sociology)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Sociologist
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Science : Anthropology