Validation of Cobb Collection Biohistories

Davlyn Hollie 1,2

  1. W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory, Howard University
  2. Department of History, Howard University

The Summer Medical Dental Medical Education Program, (SMDEP) scholars from the 2015 class of the Howard University site conducted hands-on interdisciplinary bio-anthropological and biomedical research on the 19th and 20th century human skeletal and dental remains, artifacts of the Cobb Collection (CC). For publication in The Backbone, these scholars reconstructed and presented a case studies on the culture, health, lives and deaths of selected individuals in the CC. The purpose of this research is to validate the nine CC Biohistories prepared by the students of the SMDEP summer program. The cases were lightly edited , as the Social Science research group decided to confirm all subjective information before publication. The three History Majors in the W. Montague Cobb Research Lab (CRL) Social Science Committee were assigned a total of three cases. This validation of this information provides an additional experience to the SMDEP students and an opportunity for the history students to conduct primary research. Furthermore, this provides a robust framework for the completion of biohistories for the entire Cobb Collection.

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