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Drawing from the Well: The Material Life of the Jacobs Family, Boise, Idaho, 1864-1907

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Goodwin, Jessica. (2014). Drawing from the Well: The Material Life of the Jacobs Family, Boise, Idaho, 1864-1907. Theses and Dissertations Collection, University of Idaho Library Digital Collections. https://www.lib.uidaho.edu/digital/etd/items/goodwin_idaho_0089m_10254.html

Title:
Drawing from the Well: The Material Life of the Jacobs Family, Boise, Idaho, 1864-1907
Author:
Goodwin, Jessica
Date:
2014
Keywords:
Boise Idaho class domesticity gender Historical archaeology well
Program:
Anthropology
Subject Category:
Archaeology
Abstract:

The Jacobs family moved to Boise in 1864; they already possessed a degree of social and economic affluence, and that position grew with their subsequent social, political, and economic success in the town. The family was part of Boise's highest social tier, and their efforts to maintain that status was reflected in a variety of different behaviors, including consumption. The discovery of the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House's original, 1864 well prompted the archaeological excavation on which this thesis is based. The nearly 16,000 artifacts recovered during this two-week project were primarily domestic, household refuse. Some of these, particularly the tablewares, toys, household d├ęcor, and grooming and toiletry items were used to demonstrate how the Jacobs family used materials to replicate common Victorian ideals as well as perpetuate their social standing within the community of Boise. Archival research supports the conclusions made from archaeological material.

Description:
masters, M.A., Anthropology -- University of Idaho - College of Graduate Studies, 2014
Major Professor:
Warner, Mark S
Committee:
Camp, Stacey L; Davis, Mary A
Defense Date:
2014
Identifier:
Goodwin_idaho_0089M_10254
Type:
Text
Format Original:
PDF
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