Special thanks

Rather than assessing the value of any one contribution, I present them here in order of their aide. In truth, without each one the whole would remain obscured,

To the Knoxville Journal Express for publishing my letter requesting help from the citizens of Knoxville, Ia. and to the people who responded with memories, clippings and research.

To David Kessler and the scholars at the Bancroft Anthropological Archive at the University of California at Berkeley for their diligence in finding and copying the information contained there, and for the encouragement his ongoing email has provided.

To Nancy Robinson Masters, writer of children's nonfiction, who offered words of encouragement and concrete suggestions.

To Meredith Jones-Gray who is currently working on a history of Andrews University, Bessie's undergraduate school in Berrien Springs, Mi. Bessie's brother became President there in the 30's. He had been president of the Brazilian Adventist College in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was instrumental in her first exploration in 1926. Thomas Steen played an important part in Bessie's life. Meredith is the person who put me in personal contact with Bessie's only living relatives. She has been a constant help and encourager!

To Alessandro Pezzati of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Archives, who went the extra mile in locating the correspondence between Mr. Jayne and Bessie. His help made it possible to locate the current owners of her artifact collection.

To Dr. Betty Meggers of the Smithsonian who has helped guide my research leading me to the best sources of information on the cultures of the Amazon, its history and physical features. Dr. Meggers has continued to put up with my questions and do her best to inform my thoughts. Her clear goal is to inspire young mind by helping those of us who teach be better informed. Her help in directing me toward ways to encourage students to understand their role as stewards and caretakers of our world and its resources, and avoid exploiting it for temporary wealth have been invaluable. Though I have not met her, I know her as a generous person who willingly gives time and knowledge to those who seek.

To Tracy Elizabeth Robinson, with the Smithsonian Archives who tracked down correspondence between Dr. Schmitt and Elizabeth about her trips and goals in South America. Tracy was also invaluable in helping me find the right people for my various areas of research.

To Cecile Ganteaume and Dr. Patricia L. Nietfeld Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resources Center for their assistance with the collections that Elizabeth brought back.

To Robert Cox of the American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia for finding letters from Dr. Boas to Elizabeth. The Society houses the Franz Boas papers.

To Jocelyn K. Wilk, Assistant Archivist who found graduation records for Elizabeth at Columbia.

To Meredith and Carol Jobe who graciously welcomed me into their home and allowed me to interview their Mother, Ramira, about her memories of Bessie. Especially Carol who offered continued encouragement and read and edited part of my manuscript.

To Ramira (Steen) Jobe who shared her memories and her kind and good spirit with me.

To Christopher Jobe who helped locate medical files and information from the archives at Loma Linda University Hospital.

To Richard Workman an Archivist at the University of Texas at Austin for finding and copying material from the New York American Archives housed there.

To Susan Abbott of the National Archives who found the logs from the US Coast Guard Cutter 124 for October 11, 1925 confirming Bessie's report of an at-sea rescue!

To Ben Stone an Archivist at the University of Chicago Library Department of Special Collections who found papers which Elizabeth wrote while she was a student of Radcliffe-Browns in the Robert Redfield Papers! They gave me insight into her perceptions of native populations and the role of anthropologists in the field.

To Linda Herrick Bessie's great niece (Bert's granddaughter) who had a treasure trove of artifacts which belonged to Bessie. These included her postcard collection, photographs, her 1927 Dodge Coup, her art box which she carried to record her impressions of nature, the only art of Bessie's which I have been able to locate, the descendant of a canary which she brought back for her sister-in-law, May, and a host of family memories. Without Linda's willingness to travel with me to visit her Aunt I should never have received permission to use the Red Jungle Boy.

To Betty Steen Miller who gave me permission to use the text and art of Red Jungle Boy for the purpose of this webpage and to republish the book with text that todays children could appreciate.

To Peggy Miller, Signourney High School Librarian (Sigourney , Iowa) who let me scan the photos and postcards onto discs so that they would be portable.

To Dr. Paula Covington at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University for her help in locating information about Herbert Baldus and other important sources I might have overlooked. Her help in locating someone to guide the Portuguese side of my research. with priceless.




 Return to Elizabeth K. Steen Homepage