Betsy Garland received a B.S. in geology from Wellesley, an M.A. in Anthropology from Radcliffe, and a Ph.D. from Harvard in anthropology in 1967, under Stephen Williams. She was Alfred Romer’s assistant at the Museum of Comparative Zoology when it was announced that Australopithecines were bipedal. Betsy’s dissertation, The Obion Site: An Early Mississippian Center in Western Tennessee, was one of the first dissertations written by a woman base upon original fieldwork and done at Harvard in the early twentieth century. She became the first archaeologist on the faculty of Western Michigan University, founded a chapter of the Michigan Archaeological Society, edited the Michigan Archaeologist from 1970-1975, was president of the Conference on Michigan Archaeology from 1976 – 1980, and was the author of numerous publications. Betsy retired from Western Michigan in 1992 and is currently living in Florida.
I was one of her early students at Western and she was the reason that I, and many others became archaeologists.

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Photographs courtesy of West Michigan University Library and Archives.

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Did you know? Betsy was named the second-ever West Michigan University’s Outstanding Emeritus Scholar!

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2 thoughts on “Elizabeth Baldwin Garland

  1. Meghan Garland says:

    This is my mom. She is everything written here and so much more. She inspired women (and men) to pursue careers in archaeology. And inspired me to pursue my own dreams and blaze my own trails.

  2. Kim Bruning says:

    My friend Betsy! She is an inspiration to all women. I am honored to know her. Intelligent woman but yet humble. A kind down to earth soul.

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