C.V. Hartman at the Chinchilla site during the initial phase of excavation
As the field of anthropology gained credibility in the scientific community,
an increasing number of university and museum positions became available
in the United States. Because of this increase in interest, Hartman actively
sought employment in an American museum. His visit to New York City for
the 13th International Congress of Americanists in October 1902 would
prove invaluable in this search, for it was here that Hartman met W.J.
Holland, Director of Carnegie Museum. This connection with Holland would
open the door to a career at Carnegie Museum.
Hartman and Holland meet at the 13th International Congress of Americanists
in New York City.
After the Congress, Hartman and a group of dignitaries travel to
various American cities including Pittsburgh, where Holland presents
his vision of an expanded Carnegie Museum.
Hartman writes to Holland
inquiring if Carnegie Museum would be interested in engaging his
services. His letter summarizes his previous
experience and a proposal for further research in "Spanish America."
Holland responds, stating his interest in Hartman for the position
of Curator of Ethnology and Archaeology. He requests from Hartman
a list of his previous museum experience.
Hartman writes, acknowledging
Holland's "honorable proposition" and
indicating that he has been strongly advised by Franz Boas, of the
American Museum of Natural History (who had written to Holland on
Hartman's behalf), to accept the position if offered.
Hartman follows up with a letter providing extensive background
information about his life and a detailed account of his research
and museum experience. He also asks for a definite offer covering
time, salary, and opportunities from Holland.
In a Museum Committee
meeting, Holland presents his "Report of the
Director of the Carnegie Museum" in which he states the following: "Dr.
C. V. Hartman, whose acquaintance I formed at the recent Congress
of Americanists...has had experience in Museum work, having been
associated with Dr. Stolpe, the celebrated Swedish ethnologist, whose
assistant he was at Stockholm. He was for a long time with Dr. Lumholtz
in Mexico and has written extensively upon the ethnology of Costa
Rica. It may be that he is the man, for whom we are looking." Upon
his recommendation, the Museum Committee authorizes Hartman's appointment.
Later that day, Hartman receives and accepts a formal offer for
the position of Curator of Ethnology and Archaeology.
The negotiations between Hartman and Holland were concluded in only
Hartman reports for duty at Carnegie Museum.
Hartman is 'dispatched' on an expedition to Costa Rica.
Hartman's employment at Carnegie Museum included the seven-month expedition
to Costa Rica and several years in Pittsburgh until his resignation in
1908. Although his employment in Pittsburgh lasted just over five years,
his contributions to Costa Rican archaeology and Carnegie Museum were