The Omwake trade pipe collection (around 150 specimens) has also been donated to the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Some of the folders listed below include notes that relate to objects in the artifact collection.
Henri Geiger Omwake (Ohm-way) was a school official in Delaware, a very active amateur archeologist, and an authority on pipes of European manufacture that were traded to American Indians. His study of the subject began in the 1940s and continued until his death.Omwake was one of the main organizers of the Archeological Society of Delaware, the Sussex County Society of Archeology and History in 1948, and the Kent Archaeological Society in 1965. He served on the Delaware State Archeological Board.
The papers include letters, notes, drawings, clippings, photographs, bibliographies, lists, reports, manuscript and copies of a mimeographed form "Survey of Pipes of European Manufacture Traded to the Indians in the Easterndsprecs." Many of the papers in this collection relate to the Omwake pipe collection which has also been donated to the Smithsonian.
Henri Geiger Omwake Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland