Interview with J. Thomas "Tom" May, September 22, 2017

Project: Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project

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In this interview, J. Thomas "Tom" May discusses his childhood and educational experience. He talks about how he became a research assistant to Peter Kong-ming New and talks about how New influenced his professional career and his involvement in SfAA. He discusses in great detail the relationship between the SfAA and American Anthropological Association (AAA). He discusses the financial difficulties the SfAA found itself in after having to look beyond the AAA for management of its finances, and how May came to directly manage them. Stull brings up May's fiscal philosophy, noting the financial success it has brought the society, and asks about the conflict its brought him with other society members. May discusses his work with Peter Kong-ming New's wife, Mary Louie New, to establish a student award in Peter's name. May discusses other SfAA leaders and the organization of SfAA in general.

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2017oh758_sfaa168

Interviewee Name

J. Thomas "Tom" May

Interviewer Name

Donald Stull

Interview Date

2017-09-22

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May, J. Thomas Interview by Donald Stull. 22 Sep. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

May, J.T. (2017, September 22). Interview by D. Stull. Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

May, J. Thomas, interview by Donald Stull. September 22, 2017, Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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