Margaret Mead in the Village
Anthropologist Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) received her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1924, then taking a trip to the South Seas where she gathered material for her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa (1928). When she was not traveling, Mead worked as a curator at the Museum of Natural History in New York from 1926 until 1969. Upon her retirement she received the title of curator emeritus.
Mead lived at 75 1/2 Bedford Street with her sister, Elizabeth Mead, and her sister’s husband, children’s book illustrator William Steig. From 1941 until 1955, she lived at 72 Perry Street in a communal household. Mead, her husband (and colleague) Gregory Bateson, and their daughter shared the house with social scientist and colleague Larry Frank and his family.