Grants and Other Funding
The history of the Wenner-Gren Foundation has not been one of steady or untroubled progress, but it is one inextricably linked to the history of anthropology worldwide. As the only funding agency that has always defined its mission as embracing all branches of anthropology and the entire international community of anthropologists, it has had a unique symbiosis with the discipline. It has also always sought to maintain a flexibility that could respond to the needs of the field as these changed over the years, while never wavering in its commitment to the vision of a multidisciplinaryk, comparative, international anthropology.
Summaries of the Foundation’s funding programs and their impact on the field of Anthropology were published in three "anniversary editions" of its annual report.
- In the Tenth Anniversary report, published in 1951, Alfred L. Kroeber offered an appraisal of the Foundation's achievements.
- The Twentieth Anniversary report (published in 1961) included three statements on "The Wenner-Gren Foundation and Anthropology" from eminent anthropologists in the major areas of specialization: Raymond Firth writing on ethnology, Emil W. Haury on archaeology, and Adolph H. Schultz on physical anthropology.
- On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary in 1991, the Foundation asked six distiguished scholars -- two from each area, as was appropriate given the growth and diversification of the field since 1961-- to reflect upon the previous fifty years and Wenner-Gren's role in the major sub-disciplines of anthropology. Each was invited to approach the task in any way he or she chose. The contributors were: F. Clark Howell, Palaeoanthropology; Emőke Szathmary, Biological Anthropology; Gordon Willey, New World Archaeology; Patty Jo Watson, Archaeology; Elizabeth Florence Colson, Social-Cultural Anthropology; Fredrik Barth, Social-Cultural Anthropology.