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From 1874 until his death in 1909, Dr. David Sherwood Kellogg had a prominent medical practice in Plattsburgh, NY, with the delivery of babies constituting the majority of his professional calls. He was a member of the Board of Pension Examiners for local veterans and several times acted as Interim Post Surgeon at the Plattsburgh Barracks.
Dr. Kellogg was a well recognized authority on Native American and military archaeological sited in the Champlain Valley region. He made major discoveries at Cumberland Bay near Scomotion Creek (aka Dead Creek), and his knowledge of local sites was highly regarded by the archaeological experts Parker and Beauchamp. Dr. Kellogg was also interested in other aspects of local history. He interviewed elderly citizens and former soldiers and he wrote essays and gave lectures to regional historical societies. He was the initiating force behind the establishment of the Plattsburgh Institute.
Dr. Kellogg's collection in SUNY Plattsburgh's Special Collections includes personal journals, family correspondence, children's stories, genealogical information, medical and historical notes, archaeological documentation and drawings, interviews with local citizens and veterans, and some of his essays and lectures. His personal journals include descriptions of his archaeological journeys, of Plattsburgh citizens and events, his philosophies about life and death, and weather conditions and natural phenomena. Many entries reflect the doctor's interest in old and rare books, while others contain critiques of contemporary literature and authors.
A typescript of the journals has been digitized and made available in the SUNY Plattsburgh Digital Commons. It is split into seven sections, corresponding to the division of the physical typescript.
Processing of the Dr. Gordon C. Pollard Archaeological Research Collection (Collection 2010.1) is now complete and available for research.
This collection contains materials relevant to all of his major projects in North and South America, including Dr. Pollard's studies of 19th-century Plattsburgh bottles and Clinton Prison’s early association with the iron industry.
Field notes, original maps and artifact drawings, slides and photographs, as well as some published resources and aerial photographs that aided in his field work, are included. The collection also contains the field notebooks of the students who participated in his summer field courses at the Rickert-Allen farm site in Peru, NY (1982), the Caldwell mine site at Clayburg (1984), and the four summers of excavations at the Clintonville forge site between 1994 and 2001.
Dr. Pollard’s distinguished teaching career began at SUNY Plattsburgh in September of 1970, in what was then the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. It ended with his retirement in August of 2010, after 40 years of service at the college. In 1972-73 he served as Chair of the committee to create a separate academic major in Anthropology, and in 1974-75 as Chair of the committee to create a separate Department of Anthropology. In 1981 he established the Archaeology academic minor and served as its Coordinator for 29 years. Off and on between 1982 and 2004 Dr. Pollard served as Department Chairperson for a total of 15 years.
Dr. Pollard has taught a variety of anthropology courses, including Human Evolution, the Inkas and Andean Civilization, Primates, Archaeology method and theory, laboratory seminars on Historical Archaeology, Great Archaeological Discoveries, and Cultural Ecology. Dr. Pollard was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2009.
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