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Marshall McKusick Papers

Identifier: RG99.0028

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the numerous publications by Marshall McKusick during his career as State Archaeologist, and University of Iowa professor of Sociology and Anthropology.


  • Creation: 1959-1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Marshall Bassford McKusick was born January 13, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. McKusick earned his B.A. (1952) and M.A. (1954) at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1960. He was a lecturer and researcher in anthropology and archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1958 to 1960.

Dr. McKusick joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1960 as assistant professor, and was the second State Archaeologist for Iowa, serving 1960 to 1975, succeeding Dr. Reynold J. Rupp, who held that position from 1959 to 1960. McKusick was promoted to associate professor in 1964. His area of research was prehistoric Native American Indian cultures, in particular the Woodland, Oneota, and Mill Creek cultures. McKusick retired from the University of Iowa in 1996. He married Charity Koeper in 1954 and later married Joye Davis in January 1982. Their children are Blaine, Lucy, Martin, Karen, and Debra. Marshall McKusick died May 2, 2013.

Denise Anderson, April 2007


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Professor, University of Iowa Department of Sociology and Anthropology, from 1960 until 1996. State Archeologist from 1960 until 1975. Researched prehistoric Native American Indian cultures. Publications.

Physical Access Requirements

The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials

Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University Archives by Marshall McKusick in November 1979. Guide created and posted to the Internet by Denise Anderson, April 2007.

Related Materials

Biographical folder, "McKusick, Marshall," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files(RG01.0015.003)

Records of the Department of Geoscience (RG06.0015.001)

Records of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology (RG06.0006.001)

Papers of June Helm (RG99.0018)

The following visual resources, VHS format, were produced by Marshall McKusick, and are available through the Circulation Department, University of Iowa Libraries.

"Earth Lodge People"

"Late Woodland Village"

"Oneota Longhouse People"

"Fort Madison Archaeology"

"Mill Creek Village People"

"Visiting the Indians with George Catlin"

"Fort Atkinson"

The following books by Marshall McKusick are available at the University of Iowa Libraries or the State Historical Society of Iowa.

The Benton Street Bridge : a Preliminary Assessment of its Engineering Significance

Ashton House and the Engineer Who Built it

The Davenport Conspiracy

The Davenport Conspiracy Revisited

"The Davenport Stone: a Hoax Unraveled" [pamphlet]

A Perspective of Iowa Prehistory 1841-1928

The Iowa Northern Border Brigade

Archaeological Explorations Along Iowa Highways

The Grant Oneota Village

Oneota Longhouses

Reconstructing the Longhouse Village Settlement Patterns

Prehistoric Investigations

Reminiscences of a Pioneer Boy

The Sioux Quartzite Formation in Gitchie Manitou State Preserve

Men of Ancient Iowa, as Revealed by Archeological Discoveries

Archeological Resources of Rathbun Reservoir Drainage, Iowa

Conserving Iowa

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242