History of the Foundation

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Examining Tepesxpan Man
D. Granado, R. Monges Lopes, P. Martinez del Rio, A.R.V. Arellano, and H. de Terra examining Tepexpan Man, Mexico 1947

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.