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Records Title: Cordle Papers
Wendell H. Cordle and Hallie Jones Cordle were both born near Green City, Missouri, in the late 1890s. After marrying in 1916, they attended State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri. From about 1921 to 1931, the Cordles taught at schools in the Philippines and British Malaysia. The remainder of their careers was spent teaching at Government-run schools in Alaska and Arizona as part of the Department of the Interior. Wendell also served as principal in several of the schools. At various times, each pursued advanced degrees at the University of Missouri, Wendell in educational administration and Hallie in anthropology. Over the years, the Cordles donated a collection of almost 200 ethnographic items from Alaska, the Philippines, and Malaysia to the Museum of Anthropology.
Scope and Content
The papers consist of the Cordles' correspondence with family members and government administrators, much of which includes detailed accounts of their interactions with the native communities in which they taught; documents related to school curricula and community projects; ethnographic interviews conducted with Native Alaskans; academic course materials; photographs and biographical information. Also included are a number of stories and articles written by Hallie, primarily dealing with life in Alaska, one of which was published in the Kansas City Star in 1941.
Box 1 General
FF1 Biographical Information
Box 2 Hallie J. Cordle
FF1 MU Coursework
Box 3 British Malaysia
FF1 Correspondence, 1927
Box 4 Alaska
FF1 Hoonah, 1933, 1936-40
Box 5 Alaska
FF1 Arctic/Alaska/Native Alaskan Notes
Box 6 Arizona
Inuit Snow Goggles
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