The Starr Collection of Recordings from the Congo (1906) in the Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University

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Frank J. Gillis


Frederick A. Starr was born in Auburn, New York, on September 2, 1858. He graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and in 1885 he received his Ph.D. from that institution. He was professor of biology at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from 1883-1887; registrar and professor of geography at Chautauqua University, Chautauqua, New York, from 1888-1889; ethnologist at the American Museum of Natural History from 1889-1891; and professor of geology and anthropology and dean of the science department at Pomona College, Claremont, California, from 1891-1892. In 1892 he was chosen to organize anthropological teaching at the then new University of Chicago. In this institution he served successively as assistant and associate professor and also as curator of the Walker Museum until his retirement in 1923 at the age of 65.

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