9. Mischa Titiev was not White’s first choice for the job. It is possible that White thought Tietiv’s specialization in Southwestern ethnography was redundant given White’s own fieldwork experiences. White wanted to hire Ralph Beals, who had done fieldwork in Central America. Why Beals did not go to U of M is unknown. It should be noted that the Michigan job was a much sought after position. There were precious few job openings in the 1930s. In fact, Morris Opler, White’s first graduate student in anthropology at the University of Buffalo, held very hard feelings for decades because he felt White should have hired him (see Peace and Price n.d.).
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