Claire Garber Goodman Fund

The Claire Garber Goodman Fund for the Anthropological Study of Human Culture was established in 1979 by Mr. Lawrence Goodman ('47) to honor the work and legacy of his late wife, Claire, herself a student and scholar of anthropology. For more than thirty-five years the Fund been facilitating anthropological study for students and faculty.

Specifically, the Fund enables students and faculty to:

  • Gain insight into the ideas, philosophies, and worldviews of other cultures, 
  • Understand the adaptations of specific communities and populations to their natural and cultural environments, and 
  • Discover within our species' biological and cultural variety universal dimensions and themes of human existence and evolution.

About Claire Garber Goodman

Claire Garber Goodman was born in Longview, Texas on January 17, 1933. As a child, her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee which was her home until she married Lawrence B. Goodman D'47 in 1957.
Mrs. Goodman graduated from the Ten Acre and Dana Hall Schools in Wellesley, Massachusetts and graduated from Connecticut College in 1954.

Mr. and Mrs. Goodman made their home in Rye, New York and were residents of that community at the time of Mrs. Goodman's death in April, 1979. Mrs. Goodman is survived by her three children, Laura R., Hampshire College; Frank G, Dartmouth '82; and Emily J., Dartmouth '84.

Claire Goodman received her Master's Degree in Anthropology from New York University in 1978. Her Master's thesis on copper artifacts in the native-American Mississipian period was published in 1983 by the Center for American Archeology with the title "Copper Artifacts in Late Eastern Woodlands Prehistory", edited by Anne-Marie Cantwell, preface by Lawrence B. Goodman. The book is still in print.

During her lifetime, Claire Garber Goodman expressed a wish to make a gift to Dartmouth College which would encourage and assist anthropological research by both students and faculty. Lawrence Goodman '47, her husband, has honored her wish and Dartmouth College by creating the fund which bears her name. Through this fund, and the research it supports, we seek to further Claire Goodman's hope that knowledge from cross-cultural inquiry might provide new bases for enhancing prospects for universal human coexistence.


Application Information

The fund grants up to $4,500.00 per student. In exceptional cases, proposals for larger amounts will be considered. Applications may be submitted at any time, but normally at least ten weeks before the proposed project is to begin. Goodman grant proposals are reviewed by the Department of Anthropology at faculty meetings, which occur three or four times a term. Proposals must be received by the department a week prior to such meeting in order to be considered. 

Proposal writing involves intense consultations with a faculty advisor and revising drafts until the proposal is in final form. From start to finish, preparing a proposal may take four to eight weeks. Learning how to write a proposal is part of the research process.​

Some guidelines for proposals:

  • Complete details can be found in the information sheet.
  • You will need a completed Cover Sheet for Claire Garber Goodman Fund Projects.
  • Endorsement by a member of the Department faculty must accompany your application.
  • When your proposal is in final form, you and your advisor should work out a budget for your project. Some of the categories you might include in your budget (depending, of course, on the type of work you will be doing) are: travel, housing, meals, supplies, photocopies, paper, and postage.
  • For personal car mileage and car rental, you will have to fill out a form to be submitted to the Office of Integrated Risk Management and Insurance, HB 6012 with a copy to the Anthropology Department.

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