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Richard E. Flanders papers

 Series — Box: 1-3
Identifier: GV100-01


Richard E. Flanders was a professor of Anthropology at Grand Valley from 1964-1988. After participating in the Korean conflict, he attended Mexico City College, followed by the University of Michigan where he earned his PhD. Flanders developed the sociology and anthropology departments at Grand Valley. Flanders initiated the archeological excavation of the Blendon Landing area on the Allendale Campus. He was the Field Director for the Norton Mounds Project and a member of the Norton Indian Mounds Committee from 1976 to 1983. He discovered “Smitty” the mastodon in Grandville. He was also the Michigan State University Great Lakes Archaeology curator. Flanders died on April 10, 1989. Files document Flanders teaching at Grand Valley and his work conducting archeological digs in Michigan. Files contain course evaluations, sabbatical report, student essays, correspondence from 1967-1980, newspaper clippings about Flanders work with students at the Norton Mounds burial site in Grand Rapids, Blendon Landing dig in Allendale, Grandville mastodon find, and other digs including one in Spoonville, Michigan.


  • 1959-1989


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0.51 Linear feet (3 boxes)

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Seidman House
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Allendale MI 49401 United States