by Laura Bossio

This post marks the start of our Alum Highlights series! Here I will be posting featuring some of the Museum's amazing alum, the work they have done, and work they are doing. 

Our first post is dedicated to Marian E. White, who was U-M Department of Anthropology's first female PhD.

After receiving her PhD from Michigan in 1956, Marian E. White became a research associate in archaeology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She was also an assistant curator of anthropology at the Buffalo Museum of Science and assistant curator of archaeology at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

Marian E. White was known for her very important work in salvage archaeology, her dedication to public outreach, and her collaboration with Native American communities. The Museum is proud to have her as an alum!

To read more about her, her work, and her legacy: