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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1971. Department of Anthropology.


Copyright 1971, the author. Used by permission.


This thesis will be a study in microcosm of Melvin R. Gilmore’s Nebraska research. The study analyzes his ethnobiological field work and writings in terms of biographic factors.Gilmore’s ethnobiological research manifests both bioecological and cultural ecological rationales. The thesis shows that Gilmore’s pioneering work in ethnobiology, together with studies by Harrington and others, laid the groundwork for modern cultural ecology as practiced by Julian Steward and others. The author of the thesis used original documents from the Nebraska State Historical Society in his research.

While in Nebraska Gilmore developed an interest in ethnobiology. His initial ethnobotanical field work was related to his ongoing botanical training. He exhibits no discernible cultural ecological goals in this earliest ethnobotony, though bioecological aims are apparent. Ethnozoology was the last phase in his research strategy.The study overall was an effort to prove that Gilmore’s cultural ecological premises were the result of bioecological premises were the result of bioecologcal ideology.

Advisor: Preston Holder